Verdade (Maputo)

17 June 2014

Mozambique: Six Soldiers Dead, More Wounded in Armed Confrontation

At least six members of the security and Defense and Security Forces of Mozambique (FDS) died and more suffered serious injuries as a result of an armed confrontation between government forces and alleged Renamo guerrillas, on Tuesday morning (June 17) in the village of Murothoni, in the District of Mocuba in Zambezia province. The terror of warfare in this village has resulted in most of the community abandoning their homes to seek refuge elsewhere.

According to reports from village residents, FDS troops were preparing to attack an old Renamo military base when they were surprised by guerillas supposedly from this opposition party, led by Afonso Dhlakama. Murothoni is about 50 kilometers from the village of Mocuba. Following the clashes, a police car carrying several FDS agents was set on fire by the armed guerillas.

A source at the Mocuba Rural Hospital confirmed that 6 soldiers were killed and more than a dozen others had been admitted with gunshot wounds.

Military personnel present at the hospital intimidated the @Verdade journalist who reported this information. In addition, these same military are accused of sexually assaulting an unknown minor after discovering that the minor had been recording images of the wounded and corpses that were being admitted to the hospital.

This occurrence calls to mind that, in Murothani, there have been continued attacks against FDS and Rapid Intervention Force (FIR) by approximately three dozen Renamo soldiers who were camping out at a former opposition military base. In May, at least one soldier died and another was wounded from gunfire in these clashes.

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