Verdade (Maputo)

Mozambique: Four FIR Agents Die in Gunfire Exchange in Nampula Province

Four elements belonging to the Rapid Intervention Force (FIR) lost their lives this Monday (02) at daybreak in the village of Mutholo, at Namiata administrative post in Rapale District, Nampula Province, during a confrontation with alleged Renamo gunmen.

Details obtained by @Verdade indicate that the incident happened when a FIR contingent urgently went to the village in order to contain the violence perpetrated by alleged Renamo men. This culminated into the destruction of a school and the vandalization of a health clinic.

Due to this event, the primary school students who reside in Mutholo did not do the second round of exams because they and their families, as well as their teachers, left the area to find safe havens in Nampula city and Namiata township. In fact, by early this morning, the village was a ghost town.

However, a Defense and Security Forces contingent was mobilized to ensure peace and order in the village. Miguel Bartolomeu, PRMˈs spokesperson = in Nampula, refused to comment on this matter, but promised to address the public after receiving further details regarding the incident. - Translated By Lauren Fox

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