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France’s Total pulls staff from natural gas site in Mozambique amid clashes – sources

JOHANNESBURG, April 2 (Reuters) – French energy company Total has pulled all its staff from its Afungi natural gas project site in northern Mozambique amid ongoing clashes between Islamic State-linked insurgents and the Mozambican military, two sources with direct knowledge of the Afungi site’s operations told Reuters.

Total, which last week called off a planned resumption of construction at the $20 billion development due to the violence, declined immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.

(Reporting by Emma Rumney in Johannesburg and David Lewis in Nairobi Additional reporting by Benjamin Mallet in Paris Writing by Alexander Winning Editing by Alexandra Zavis and Andrew Heavens)

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