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Friend of missing Brit in Mozambique says oil company Total left workers to be ‘slaughtered’ in ISIS siege

THE friend of a Brit contractor feared dead after ISIS fanatics attacked a city in Mozambique says an oil firm left workers to be "slaughtered."

Phil Mawer, 50s, has been missing since militants opened fire on 17 vehicles last week as the convoy tried to flee a hotel.

Tragically, at least seven passengers in the cars were killed while attempting to escape Palma in Mozambique.

Phil was helping build a 2000-man camp for French oil giant Total when the maniac terrorists seized control of the city in southern east Africa.

His friend Peter Zweemer claims the oil company left its workers to be “slaughtered” by the ISIS gunmen.

He told The Sun Online: "As far as I know and from eye witness accounts, unfortunately, we have to assume Phil got killed Friday.

"There is still no access into Palma to recoup bodies or asses damages and missing people do appear under the most amazing circumstances but I'm afraid the news about Phill is not encouraging.

"It's a shambles and they allowed these contractors to be slaughtered.”

The logistics consultant based in Pemba Port said workers were encouraged to go to Hotel Amarula which was eventually stormed by the terrorists.

He said: "Hotel Amarula was the place where they were to go to if there was an emergency as its strategically near Palma airstrip and near two possible evacuation beaches.

"There was however no real armed security there and because bad communication on an earlier evacuation failed a plane could not land and there were no vessel on the beach to pick them up.

"Therefore they spent another 24 hours in the hotel. When the insurgents attacked another camp (Bonati ENI) 150 metres away they decided to try another evacuation on themselves to get to the northern beaches.

"Unfortunately the insurgents lay in wait and opened fire. Some cars made it out some got abandoned and people run into the bush, some went back to hotel."

The Sun Online has approached Total for comment.

ISIS-linked militants have been attempting to gain control of the north east region of Cabo Delgado in the country since 2017.

The insurgency has left more than 2,500 people dead and 700,000 displaced.

Palma, which was first stormed last Wednesday, is in the north of the province and is near a multi-billion-dollar gas project run by Total.

Some 100 militants, many with Islamic State flags, now control the mining town of 53,000 near Africa’s largest natural gas field.

Around 1,400 residents were rescued by boats but witnesses said bodies, many beheaded, were piling up on the streets.

Former British cop Nick Alexander, who is also building camps for oil workers, was in the last car which fled from the hotel in the convoy.

Survivors said he shot dead two extremists while under fire then hid in the bush.

He was one of four Brits rescued by a helicopter gunship, one of five owned by former Special Forces Colonel Lionel Dick, 77.

His fleet has rescued 230 people while under heavy fire.

Oil firm Total allegedly refused to give the rescue helicopters fuel because of a policy of not cooperating with armed groups, Col Dyck said.

The company said it had been providing emergency humanitarian assistance to civilians arriving at its Afungi site and was working with the local government.

It said Mozambique LNG, it's local subsidiary, "does not contract with private military companies".

Many survivors said they had walked for days through forest to find safety in Mueda, 112 miles to the south.

"Many people fell from fatigue and were unable to continue walking, especially the elderly and children," one escapee, who did not want to be named, in Mueda told AFP.

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