The violent Islamist insurgency in northern Mozambique’s remote, gas-rich Cabo Delgado province has so far affected more than 600,000 people and displaced at least 200,000 residents since it began in October 2017.

While some $60 billion of liquefied natural gas developments at Afungi on the coast have been minimally impacted by the insurgents, there are clear fears the LNG site, its workers and nearby population centres could become targets in the months and years ahead.

Nearby Palma has witnessed some attacks, but to date the insurgents appear more focused on southerly coastal areas, where communities are predominantly Muslim.