By Jorge Joaquim
Terrorists have attacked on Thurday morning the Gemrock ruby mining project near Montepuez in Cabo Delgado province, northen Mozambique, burning a vehicle in the site.
No deaths or injuries, but some workers disappeared, a source told Pan African Visions.
“We don’t know if they were kidnapped or are hiding in the bush,” he said.
Since its presence on the field in Montepuez in 2017, Gemrock has been exploring in both east and west of Gemfields’s MRM license, and today has access to over 589 square kilometres of potential ruby bearing area located within the wedge-shaped Montepuez Complex.
The Gemfields-owned Montepuez Ruby Mine nearby has activated its evacuation protocols and therefore mining operations at the site have ceased.
“Security personnel and Mozambique police force remain on site and Mozambique military are arriving on site,” Gemfields said, confirming the attack on the neighbouring mine of Gemrock.
Gemfields’ Montepuez ruby mine produced 83,990 carats of premium rubies in 2021 and has generated over $800 million in sales since 2014.