New bus attack kills two in central Mozambique

An armed attack on a column of four passenger buses escorted by police in central Mozambique today left two dead and eight injured, passengers and health officials told Lusa.

The buses were shot in the same area as the national road No. 1 (EN1) where on Thursday two more attacks targeted three buses, causing seven injuries at the time.

“When we heard the shots, I leaned over to hide and did not know that my husband had been hit. I only found out because there was a lot of blood in our seat ”, she explained to Lusa Madalena Escrivão, who lost her husband in the attack.

In addition to this victim, Rachid Engenheiro, director of the emergency department of the provincial hospital of Chimoio, confirmed to Lusa a second death, of a passenger who had been transferred to that unit.

The attack took place along the line between the districts of Gorongosa and Nhamatanda, in Sofala province and the buses were destined for the cities of Nampula and Quelimane, from Beira and Maputo.

According to the reports of other passengers, the snipers were hiding in the woods, next to the bridge over the Pungwe River, and they let go of a blast of fire on the vehicles, which always continued in progress until the health center of the village in the Gorongosa district .

The Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) confirmed the occurrence and forwarded more information to Monday.

The attacks follow on from others on roads and settlements in the provinces of Manica and Sofala, where dissident guerrillas of the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo, main opposition party), led by Mariano Nhongo, from the self-proclaimed Renamo Military Junta, wander.

LFO / AYAC // JH

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