Mozambique: 2 000 civilians flee across border

2014-02-27 19:31

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Maputo - Media in Mozambique say about 2 000 people have fled into Malawi because of reports that gunmen from a former rebel movement were operating in the province where they live.

Mozambique's state news agency, AIM, reported on Thursday that the gunmen had entered the northwestern province of Tete from Sofala, a province where fighters from the Renamo movement clashed with government troops last year. The civilians then fled from Tete across the border into Malawi.

Tete was severely affected by a civil war in Mozambique between Renamo and the Frelimo movement, which now governs the country. A peace deal was signed in 1992.

Tensions between the two sides have escalated ahead of general elections in October.

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