South African Adrian Nell was killed in a Mozambique jihadist attack


Adrian Nell of South Africa is the most famous alien killed in a brutal rebellion by extremist Islamists in northern Mozambique. Dozens of bodies have been seen, but little details about the other victims have been revealed.

Nell should have celebrated his 41st birthday on April 1, but his body is now in the morgue of Pemba, a resource-rich coastal city in Mozambique.

Nell’s mother, Merrill Knox, told the BBC from her home in South Africa that her son has a French-Canadian wife and three children (a 10-year-old boy and two 6- and 2-year-old girls). Said.

“He was an absolutely beautiful father and a beautiful person in every way.

“There have been so many messages of comfort from people who have known him over the years, and he will be terribly and terribly missed,” she said.

Nell, a commercial diver who lost his job in South Africa due to the devastating effects of Covid-19, moved to Mozambique in January to join the construction industry’s father and brother and build a worker camp in Parma. did. A hub for the fast-growing gas industry after one of Africa’s largest natural gas fields was discovered offshore.

Only three months later, he faced a cruel death after being shot by a radical who had been assaulted in the town for four days. The brothers were evacuating with other expatriates.

Mrs. Knox said details about her son’s death were still sketchy, but seemed to have been killed when trying to escape on Friday.

“It was a problem to run for your life or face these very cruel and barbaric rebels, as there is no army to protect them and no weapons,” she added.

Hundreds of heavily armed militants attacked Parma, killing dozens. They included Nell and six others who were apparently in the ambushed vehicle convoy.

“Adrian was just such a shining light.”

In an interview with Reuters, Mrs. Knox said her husband, Gregory, and her second son, Wesley, hid themselves in bushes the next morning until they went to Pemba, about 250 km (155 miles) south of Parma.

A contractor told the BBC that rescue operations for Pemba were carried out by local businesses and suppliers.

“In a few hours, they managed to reach out to the beach evacuees and take them on a boat to a safe place.”

“Where was the support from big companies and countries?” He asked.

Mrs. Knox was keenly aware of the South African government’s response to the attack.

“There was no support from our government until we called them and asked what was happening and why no one helped those stuck there,” she said of the BBC. Told to.

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Mrs. Knox said she had spoken to her husband in Mozambique with her youngest child.

“The doctor went to see them last night, but at least they slept a little, but I heard Wesley wasn’t doing very well,” Mrs. Knox said without giving details.

AFP news outlets report that Wesley evacuated to South Africa on the first available flight, and Mrs. Knox’s husband stayed in Mozambique until the body of her deceased son was repatriated.

“Adrian was just such a brilliant light-someone who kept his family together with his constant joy and love. [we’ve got] I hope I can pick up the piece and get along with my wife and children, “Mrs. Knox told the BBC.

Map of Mozambique

Map of Mozambique

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