Maputo — Gunmen of Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo attacked a bus on Sunday on the country's main north-south highway, killing one person and injuring five others.
According to a report in Monday's issue of the independent daily “O Pais”, the attack took place at about 09.20 against the first convoy of vehicles travelling from the small town of Muxungue, in Sofala province, to the Save river.
Almost all the Renamo attacks on the road have occurred along this 100 kilometre stretch. Since June vehicles have been travelling between Muxungue and the Save in convoy, under military escort.
The attack occurred at the bridge over the Ripembe river, where the convoy was obliged to reduce its speed due to the poor condition of the bridge.
According to the paper's source, “suddenly we heard shots coming from the bush. The first bus, owned by Nagy Investments, was hit, first on the windscreen, and then on the front tyre on the right. The driver lost control and came off the road”.
The escort returned fire, and the convoy broke up, as each driver headed towards the Save as fast as they could.
“At the Save, almost two hours later we learnt that one of the people on board the Nagy Investments bus was shot in the head and died on the spot”, said the source. “Five other people were injured and the bus was immobilized”.
There were about 70 vehicles in the convoy, including eight buses. Some of the buses were carrying members of the riot police and armed forces (FADM), who had been stationed further north, in Gorongosa and Maringue districts, and were being rotated.
Others carried cadets from the Samora Machel Military Academy in the northern city of Nampula, who were heading south to spend holidays with their families.