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Newsline: US Embassy warns of ‘imminent attacks’ in Mozambique

The US Embassy in Mozambique has warned of “imminent attacks” against government and commercial centers in a northern province of the southeastern African nation and urged US citizens to leave the area. The warning, issued Friday, applies to the Palma district of Cabo Delgado province, where a string of beheadings reportedly occurred last month. The government envisions the region as being a major industrial center for mining and the development of liquified natural gas. “In light of information pointing to the likelihood of imminent attacks on government and commercial centers in the district headquarters of Palma, Cabo Delgado Province in the coming days, we strongly advise American citizens in the district headquarters of Palma to consider departing the area immediately,” the US Embassy said. “Those who elect to remain in Palma district are strongly advised to avoid travel to the district headquarters and to postpone visits to both government offices and retail locations, including markets.” Americans with planned travel to the district “are strongly advised to postpone such travel,” the embassy said. It urged Americans to avoid the area, monitor local media for updates, be aware of their surroundings and review their security plans. According to the Mozambique News Agency, “unidentified criminals, believed to be Islamic fundamentalists, decapitated ten people” on May 27. The assaults took place “against two villages in the Palma district.” Police said attackers wielding machetes beheaded people, including two teen boys.


Newsline: Philippine Consulate in Mozambique on alert for possible evacuation amid Zimbabwe tension

The Philippine Consulate in Mozambique is on alert in the event of a mass evacuation following the military takeover of neighboring Zimbabwe. Although the situation in the southern African nation is relatively calm at present, the consulate is still ready in case an evacuation becomes necessary, News To Go reported, citing Consul Donald Tulcidas. The number of Filipinos in Zimbabwe is unknown. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) were previously banned from going to the country due to the alleged refusal of the Zimbabwean government to coordinate with its Philippine counterpart on the protection of workers’ rights. The Department of Foreign Affairs is also currently gathering information on the state of affairs in Zimbabwe.


Newsline: Rights groups march to SA embassy in Maputo

Rights groups have marched to the South African embassy in Mozambique’s capital Maputo in protest against the killing of a taxi driver, Mozambique’s national, at the hands of South African police.


Newsline: Mozambican embassy driver suspended in Swaziland petrol theft scam

A driver at the Mozambican embassy, Boy Ngubeni has since been suspended from work due to his pending court case. Ngubeni was arrested with two others for allegedly defrauding a Galp Filling Station E31 456.16 using a petrol card belonging to the Mozambican Embassy. Ngubeni was the driver who allegedly gave a Mozambican Embassy petrol credit card to the other two who were working at the filling station at the time. The duo has also been suspended from the filling station. In fact, the driver had only been suspended recently and despite having been arrested several weeks ago, he still continued going to work. According to court papers, Ngubeni allegedly stole the fuel card to be used in filling petrol in other vehicles other than that of the embassy. The embassy authorities had no idea that one of the credit cards was fast depleting, which eventually amounted to thousands of Emalangeni.