An armed group attacked the northern Mozambique town of Palma close to gas projects worth some $60bn on Wednesday, striking ever closer to developments that have already stalled over security problems. Al Jazeera reports that the attack – less than 25km by road from a construction camp for the gas developments led by oil majors such as Total – happened on the same day the French company announced it would gradually resume work at the site after suspending it because of nearby attacks. Several security sources, who requested anonymity, told the AFP news agency that Palma was under siege.