Islamist militants have ambushed a convoy that was trying to rescue civilians from a hotel amid fighting in northern Mozambique, reports say.
A South African man has been confirmed as dead, but many details are unclear.
Hundreds of people fled the fighting, which began on Wednesday in the town of Palma. Evacuees included foreign gas workers.
French energy giant Total said it was forced to suspend operations at a huge gas project nearby.
The company had only just announced it would restart work on the $20bn (£14.5bn) project which