Mozambique: Malawian Gang Burns Police Post

Maputo — A group of Malawian citizens have burnt down a police post, used by the Mozambican Frontier Guard, at Baragua, in Mandimba district, in the northernmost province of Niassa, according to a report on Radio Mozambique on Friday.

The incident occurred on Monday, when several Malawians crossed the border into Baragua, and invaded the police post. They physically assaulted the only member of the Frontier Guard present and attempted, unsuccessfully, to seize his AK-47 rifle.

The attackers were retaliating for the earlier arrest of a Malawian, caught crossing the border illegally. The men who attacked the police post were apparently relatives of the man detained.

The Mandimba police commander, Alberto Imede, told the Radio that the attackers freed their relative and took him back to Malawi. But then they returned and burnt down the police post. In the clashes, two people were injured.

Imede said that a Commission has been set up to investigate the case, and the Mandimba local authorities have requested information from their Malawian counterparts.

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