13 killed in Mozambique riots

2010-09-06 21:18

Maputo - The death toll has risen to 13 from rioting that broke out last week in Maputo in protest at rising food prices, Mozambique's health minister Ivo Garrido told a news conference on Monday.

"I am sorry to say that the number of deaths rose from 10 to 13. On Friday, two more bodies were taken to a Maputo hospital. One patient died last night in Maputo central hospital," he said.

The protests broke out on Wednesday after an increase in bread prices, which came on top of recent hikes in prices for electricity, water and fuel.

Police used rubber bullets and live ammunition to break up the protests that spread to other parts of the country.