Armed men killed eight workers of a private construction firm working on the multi-billion-dollar gas project in northern Mozambique, the company said in a statement.
Fenix Constructions Service Lda, subcontracted by French oil giant, Total, said five armed men clad in military fatigues similar to those worn by the Mozambican government forces staged the attack.
“On Saturday June, 27, a vehicle belonging to Fenix Construction was attacked by five insurgents,” the company said on Sunday.
The attack occurred around 50km from the Total LNG site in Palma. On the same day, Islamist insurgents attacked the town of Mocimboa da Praia for the third time this year.
The attack has been described as the most violent attack since militants began their reign of terror on Cabo Delgado three years ago.
Since then, more that 1,100 peopl have been killed and more than 200,000 forced out of their homes.