Mozambique police say 2 officers dead in riots

2010-09-02 10:38

Maputo, Mozambique. – Mozambican police say two of their officers were killed in rioting over high prices.

Pedro Cossa, a spokesperson for the police ministry, said today the officers were beaten by mobs the day before.

He says the total toll is four, including two protesters shot by police. He says 26 people were injured.

State TV, citing hospital reports, says seven people were killed, including two children caught in the violence as they went home from school.

The protesters, most of them young men, had rioted over the rising cost of food, fuel and water. They threw stones and looted shops in Maputo, the capital.

Maputo was quiet early today, with only police and soldiers on the streets. Debris from the rioting made roads impassible.

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