Intercape bus attacked in Moz

2013-04-06 22:58
Intercape bus

Intercape bus

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Maputo - Armed men from Mozambique's former rebel group Renamo attacked a truck and a bus carrying civilians in the central Sofala province on Saturday killing two, authorities said.

"They [Renamo] attacked two vehicles - a bus and a truck... there were two deaths in the truck and two civilian women injured in the bus," Arnaldo Machohe, administrator of the town of the Chibabava district, told AFP.

Renamo denied any part in the killing of the two civilians.

"Renamo distances itself from this attack. During the civil war we had identical situations where Frelimo used our uniforms and blamed us for attacks on civilians," the head of Renamo's Security and Defence wing, Ossufo Momad, told AFP.

"After 20 years of peace why would we want to do this?" asked Momad who accused the Frelimo-led government of setting up the attack on civilian vehicles in order to blame the Renamo opposition.

The incidents came two days after Renamo was said to have attacked a police squadron in the town of Muxungwe, 30km away, killing four police officers.

In Saturday's attack the group, armed with AK47 assault rifles, stopped the truck transporting petrol on the road leading to the capital Maputo, Machohe said. They killed its two occupants.

They also attacked an Intercape bus with around 60 passengers on board.

"Two women were injured on the bus. They are in hospital in Muxungwe," said Machohe.

"We don't know why they are stopping civilian vehicles. The population are fleeing their homes and fields. The whole district is living in fear," Machohe said.

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