Mozambican police announce the death of Mariano Nhongo, leader of dissident guerrillas

The Mozambican police today shot down Mariano Nhongo, leader of a group of dissident guerrillas from the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo), announced the commander-general of the corporation, Bernardino Rafael.

Mariano Nhongo was shot down at 7:00 am (6:00 am in Lisbon) in a forest in Cheringoma district, Sofala province, central part of the country, during an exchange of fire with a Mozambican police patrol, announced Bernardino Rafael, speaking to journalists in Maputo.

“We recovered six weapons, a pistol, 95 bullets and a [metralhadora] AK47,” he added.

The group of former guerrillas has challenged Renamo’s leadership and the terms of the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process stemming from the August 2019 peace agreement.

Renamo’s self-proclaimed Junta Militar has since carried out armed attacks in central Mozambique that have already claimed the lives of 30 people.

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