A YOUNG Irish construction worker has been shot dead in a suspected car-jacking in Mozambique.
William Deasy (32) from Dublin Pike, just outside of Cork city, was killed as a group of armed men attempted to steal his vehicle.
It is believed Mr Deasy died after being hit by at least two bullets in the shooting on the Moma to Maputo road in the east African country.
He had been working as a quantity surveyor in Mozambique with Irish engineering firm Kentz, which had a site in the north-eastern town of Moma, for the past 18 months.
His Clonmel-based employers extended their deepest sympathy to their colleague's family.
"We can confirm the death of a team member who was on project assignment in Mozambique . . . his family has been informed and we are in close contact with them during this dreadful time. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and express our sincere condolences to the family, relatives and friends of our deceased team member. A full investigation is under way by police authorities in Mozambique."
Mr Deasy is the son of Paddy and Bina Deasy and has two brothers and sisters. His father is an official with Cork GAA club Glen Rovers.
Mr Deasy senior, who also runs a plumbing business, told the Irish Independent the family was too upset to comment.
"We have nothing to say. Kentz are handling all media queries. I am sorry . . . we just don't want to talk.
"The family is all here together and I am trying to (hold) the family together during this time."
Mr Deasy qualified as an electrician and then returned to Cork Institute of Technology to study quantity surveying. He found work with Kentz, which employs more than 14,000 staff in 29 countries.
It specialises in civil engineering and construction projects, usually in the mining, oil, gas and petrochemicals sectors.
Arrangements were being made to fly Mr Deasy's remains back to Ireland from the Mozambique capital, Maputo.
Local Fianna Fail councillor Kenneth O'Flynn said the Deasy family were "shocked and devastated" at the tragedy. "The family are very decent and respectable and are very well liked here.
"He had a very big job and they were all very proud of him at home. "It was one of those typical success stories of a hard-working young man," he added.
Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said: "I want to first of all express my sympathy and the sympathy of my department. Our embassy is handling the situation and is working with the family and with the company that the man worked for."
The Irish ambassador to Mozambique, Ruairi de Burca, is liaising with Mr Deasy's employer.
In its travel advice for Mozambique, the Department of Foreign Affairs warns that car crime, including car-jacking, is on the increase and recommends car doors are kept locked at all times when driving. Motorists are also warned to watch out for being followed.