Maputo, (AIM) – Gunmen of the rebel movement Renamo on Monday attacked a train of the Brazilian mining company Vale in Cheringoma district, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala.
Source: RENAMO GUNMEN ATTACK TRAIN – The Zimbabwean June 8, 2016
The train was formed by two locomotives and 42 wagons, all empty, which were being taken back from the port of Beira, along the Sena railway line, to the Vale coal mine at Moatize in Tete province,
According to Sofala police commander, Alfredo Mussa, cited in Tuesday’s issue of the Maputo daily “Noticias”, the gunmen fired on the lead locomotive, shattering its windscreen and injuring the driver’s mate. The train did not stop, but continued its journey to Moatize.
Mussa said that the units of the defence and security forces stationed nearby have been instructed to pursue the attackers and attempt to detain them.
This is the first time in Renamo’s renewed insurrection, which began in mid-February, that a train has come under attack. All of Renamo’s previous ambushes have been against traffic moving along main roads in the central provinces.
Mussa urged the Renamo leadership to look into its conscience and put an end to acts of violence which are causing injury and death, destroying public and private property and hindering the free movement of people and goods.
Renamo’s attacks could not be justified, he said, particularly at a time when government and Renamo delegations are meeting in Maputo to prepare a face-to-face meeting between President Filipe Nyusi and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama.