Two die in clashes with police in Mozambique

Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Clashes between the Mozambican police and an angry crowd in the central town of Gondola on Saturday left two people dead and 15 injured, three of them seriously, according to a report in Monday's issue of the independent newssheet "Mediafax".
The newspaper quoted the police in Gondola as saying they were facing a lynch mob who descended on a local health post demanding that alleged criminals be handed over to them.
They claimed that the police were protecting criminals and had taken them, under cover of night, to the health post for medical treatment.
One of the dead was killed by a stray bullet from the police.
The newspaper said the clashes began at 8 am local time on Saturday morning and lasted for about three hours.
"The riot was so serious that it halted traffic along the main road from Beira to Zimbabwe.
The police in gondola had to ask for reinforcements from the provincial capital, Chimoio," the newspaper said.
It quoted the Gondola district police commander, Valentim Wilson as saying the health centre was damaged in the riot.
Three vehicles were destroyed, two belonging to the police and one to the district health director.
The Gondola district attorney fled and went into hiding, because the mob claimed that he was complicit in the alleged release of criminals.

17 december 2007 22:33:00

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