Renamo began launching attacks against vehicles using the main north-south road in June, and in response the armed forces (FADM) have been providing military escorts for the most dangerous part of the road, the 100 kilometre stretch between the Save river and the small town of Muxungue.
Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama promised, on 17 October, that there would be no further attacks on the road, and urged President Armando Guebuza to withdraw the military escorts.
But since the FADM occupied Renamo’s bush headquarters at Satunjira, in the central district of Gorongosa, on 21 October, there has been a spate of attacks on the road.
The first of Monday’s attacks occurred in the Zove region, six kilometres from Muxungue, and the target was a truck. The second attack was against a military vehicle.
The director of the Muxungue Rural Hospital, Pedro Vidamao, confirmed that his staff had treated five victims of the attacks. Two of them were injured seriously enough to be transferred to Beira Central Hospital.
“One victim suffered head trauma, after falling from a truck”, said Vidamao. “Another has bullets lodged in his stomach and arm. Given their serious condition, they were referred to the Beira hospital.Post published in: Africa News