Thousands of Mozambicans displaced by fighting

2014-03-08 07:30

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Maputo - Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina says attacks by the opposition party and former rebel movement Renamo have displaced more than 6 000 people in the central parts of the country.

Vaquina told the Mozambican parliament on Friday that armed attacks by Renamo have displaced 6 727 people in the central Gorongosa district alone.

An agreement signed between Renamo and the ruling Frelimo party in Rome in 1992 ended a bitter 16-year civil war but violence flared up again in May when Renamo gunmen attacked a police station at Muxungue in central Mozambique, killing 5 police and injuring several others.

This was followed by government troops storming Stunjira in central Mozambique where Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was staying, killing a number of Renamo gunmen, and forcing the party leader to flee.

- AP
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