14 June 2014

Mozambique: Tete Weighbridge Comes Under Armed Attack

Maputo — Armed men, believed to be from Mozambique's former rebel movement Renamo, attacked a weighbridge at Mussacama in the western province of Tete in the early hours of Friday morning.

The weighbridge is about 100 kilometres from the town of Moatize, on the main road from Zimbabwe to Malawi, which runs through the middle of Tete.

According to a Saturday report on the independent television station STV, the small number of policemen and officials on duty, took refuge in the nearby bush when the weighbridge offices came under attack. Some of them suffered minor injuries.

The attackers burnt a vehicle they found outside the offices, and smashed all the windows. Inside, they stole all the takings from the weighbridge for the day, vandalized the computers and destroyed documents.

On hearing gunshots, people living nearby abandoned their homes and spent the rest of the night in the bush.

The local police have so far declined to comment on the matter.

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