â€œThey arrived at about five oâ€™clock in the morning and opened fireâ€, said Augusto Monteiro, head of the health centre. â€œWe had to transfer our patients. We took them and their relatives into the bush where we thought they would be saferâ€.
A security guard, Maulina Mesa, said the attackers â€œsang happily and said they were from Renamoâ€. They were wearing the green uniforms characteristic of the Renamo militia, and were ordering Nihessiue residents to abandon their homes and head for the bush.
At the home of the head of the post, the raiders looted foodstuffs, and stole poultry from the henhouse. Â Â The gunmen had come looking for the head of the post, but he left his house by the back door, and escaped.
According to the Murrupula district administrator, Antonio Saul, nobody died in the attack. The gunmen smashed windows in several buildings, including the health centre, and the administrative post offices. The information Saul gathered was that there were 10 raiders, only two of whom were in Renamo uniforms.
This is the first time there has been a significant attack in Nampula since Renamo resumed its insurrection in February.Post published in: Africa News