British man feared dead in Islamist hotel slaughter that killed dozens

A British man was reportedly among the dead who left dozens dead after a fatal massacre at a hotel in Mozambique.

The brutal slaughter was started by terrorists in the northern city of Palma last week.

In wild scenes of the slaughter, witnesses described bodies in the streets, some of which had been beheaded.

While the exact number of people injured or killed in the four-day attack has not been confirmed, officials said dozens died in the attack.

The Times reports that an unnamed British contractor was among those killed in the violence.

Survivors reportedly were a passenger in a convoy of vehicles attempting to escape from Amarula Lodge when jihadists approached. The man was not named.

A spokesman for the country’s defense and security forces said the death toll was in the dozen and included at least seven in a convoy ambushed during an escape offer.

They fled the Amarula Hotel at the time of the bloodshed. Hundreds of others, both locals and expats, were rescued from the city.

Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph reports That one man, locally known as Philip Mawer, was also among the thousands of expats involved in the fatal attack on Wednesday and is still missing.

Mr Mawer, who is believed to be in his 50s, worked as Country Manager for Mozambique at RA International, which provides accommodation and other logistics for expat employees.

The newspaper reports that he was with around 200 other expats at the Amarula Lodge Hotel in Palma, from where a convoy of around 17 vehicles escaped on Friday that was ambushed by militants.

He was not identified by name by the company, but it was confirmed that they were still trying to find one of their UK employees.

Philip Mawer

The company reportedly said, “Our last communication with him was on Friday afternoon, after which he was part of a convoy of vehicles that left Amarula Lodge later that day.

“We understand that this convoy was attacked and that at least one of the vehicles was involved in a serious road accident. There are conflicting reports as to what exactly happened and we are working tirelessly to confirm those reports … Our prayers and thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. “

Philip Mawer is Country Manager for Mozambique and has more than 20 years of senior management experience in “challenging environments” in Africa and the Middle East.

During the attack, another man, Adrian Nel, 40, was shot while trying to escape from the hotel.

Images of the scene of the attack on social media

Images of the scene of the attack on social media

His mother, Meryl Knox, said Adrian was with his father and younger brother when he was killed by alleged Islamic insurgents.

More than a thousand people who fled the attack are now arriving by boat in the port city of Pemba.

Defense Ministry spokesman Omar Saranga said the security forces were trying to “clear some pockets of resistance” after focusing on rescuing local and foreign citizens for the past three days.

The name of the group has not been provided and no claim has been made.

The province of Cabo Delgado, in which the city is located, has been the target of Islamist uprisings related to the Islamic State since 2017.


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