MAPUTO Mozambique(Xinhua) --
Insurgents had killed 90 people and left
about 1,000 homeless since the attacks began a year ago in the
northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, the Police General
Commander of Mozambique said Thursday.
“The armed men,
until now, have killed 90 Mozambican citizens and seriously
injured 67 Mozambicans,” said commander Bernardino Rafael, who
was speaking to the press in Maputo during the 25th
anniversary of the signing of the General Agreement on Peace and
Reconciliation between the government and the main opposition
According to Rafael,
actions by the Defence and Security Forces have culminated in
the arrest of 280 people suspected of involvement in the attacks
and three camps were destroyed.
“There is work that
the police are doing together with the communities, the Defense
and Security Forces continue to work to protect the populations
of that region,” he said.
The attacks come at
a time when natural gas is under exploitation in that province,
and a study released earlier this year pointed to social
exclusion as the cause of the conflict.
On Wednesday, 189
suspects were put on trial at the Judicial Court of the province
of Cabo Delgado. The defendants are reported to be from
countries including Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Burundi and Kenya.
Demilitarization of former
begins Saturday: Mozambican President
MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) --
The President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi
announced on Thursday in Maputo that demilitarization and
integration of armed men of the former rebel movement, presently
the main opposition party Renamo, will begin Saturday.
“We will commence
the process for demilitarization, demobilization and integration
from the coming Saturday,” said the president, adding by
Saturday, all the experts invited to witness this process will
be in Maputo.
According to Nyusi,
the experts are from Tanzania, Zimbabwe, the United States,
Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and India, a group to be
led by a general from Argentina.
appealed all internal entities to join in the process and do
their best to contribute to the country’s long lasting peace.
came on the day when Mozambique celebrated the anniversary since
the rival parties signed the Rome General Peace Accords in Rome
in 1992, which put an end to a bloody civil war lasting for more
than a decade.