22 April 2014

Mozambique: Mozambican Army, Armed Opposition Elements Clash in Sofala Province

Photo: Guy Oliver/IRIN
Election posters in the Sofala province town of Gorongosa.

The Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo) armed men exchanged heavy fire on the morning of 22 April in Gorongosa Mountain, Sofala Province, forcing residents to flee the area and seek refuge in the town of Gorongosa about 27 kilometres from the clashes.

Following the clashes a military ambulance entered Gorongosa Rural Hospital. Meanwhile, in addition to surrounding the hospital and tightening security, the soldiers prevented people who accompanied the injured from entering. It is assumed that there are fatalities.

Unconfirmed reports say that the FDS has laid mines in Gorongosa Mountain in an effort to kill Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama who has been missing since October 2013, however, some say that he is hiding in the area in question.

Neither side in the conflict, Renamo nor the government has claimed respon! sibility for the attack. The attacks in Gorongosa Mountain are not recent as the FDS believe that Dhlakama is hiding there.

This incident follows another in the early hours of 21 April, in Caphirizage, in the Zobue administrative post, Moatize district (Tete Province), where a group of alleged Renamo armed men attacked a police post shooting a community police officer.

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