Security and defense forces of Mozambique (FADM) and agents of the Rapid Deployment Forces (FIR) attacked armed Renamo men around 1:00pm on Thursday, October 17 - the date on which the "Partridge" remembers the 34th anniversary of the death of its founder, André Matsangaissa in the Mucodza region, about 7 kilometers from the village of Gorongosa, in the central province of Sofala. There are reports of fatalities and casualties on both sides.
Information about this armed confrontation in central Mozambique is scarce but the government confirms the strike and justifies it as being a reaction to the previous attacks by armed men loyal to Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. The government source says that two armed Renamo men were killed and at least one other was arrested, being that AK47-type weapons are still being recovered.
However, our correspondent also reports casualties among government forces totaling 7 dead and 11 wounded who had been admitted to the district hospital of Gorongosa. Three of the wounded were in serious condition and had to be evacuated to central hospitals of Beira and Chimoio. Our sources also indicate that some civilians were detained for allegedly belonging to Renamo.
Due to panic resulting from the incident, Mucodza residents fled towards the village headquarters of Gorongosa and others are even fleeing to the cities of Beira and Chimoio.
It should also be noted that on this day, one year ago, Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama took up residence at his old base in Santunjira.
Translated by Francisco J. P. Chuquela
Proofread by Lauren Fox