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Mozambique troops capture opposition HQ as fears grow for a return to civil conflict


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Mozambique troops capture opposition HQ as fears grow for a return to civil conflict

Government forces in Mozambique have captured the jungle headquarters of opposition leader Afonso Dhlakama.

Dhlakama’s Renamo party said the military action “puts an end” to the 1992 peace agreement that ended years of civil war.

Reports suggest that Dhlakama escaped before the troops moved in.

Renamo spokesperson Fernando Manzanga made a statement to the media: “They have taken the house of Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama. The party leader hasn’t ordered Renamo forces to respond, he has ordered the evacuation of the population that was there for protection.”

It is thought the Mozambique military moved after a suspected Renamo militia killed seven government troops last week.

The peace accord between the ruling Frelimo party and Renamo was signed in Rome in 1992 and brought an end to a civil war that had raged since the country’s independence from Portugal in 1975.

Close to a million people were killed during the violence.

Many fear a return to conflict will shatter any advances made in resource rich country since the end of the conflict.

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