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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mozambique allert

HI All, The following was sent to me by one of our readers this morning – he receives updates from the Daily News – see below. Ciao Mike G.

MOZAMBIQUE (Country risk rating: High); 17 May; Filipino national killed in RENAMO bus attack

A Filipino national was killed during an attack on a bus travelling on the EN1 highway near Murrotone, in the Zambezia province of Mozambique, according to reports on 17 May. The attack was allegedly conducted by the opposition Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) group. Five other people were injured in the attack. The attack by RENAMO follows a similar incident on 14 May in Mussorize, Manica province, which left one person dead. The Minister of the Interior has stated that patrols by security forces in the area will be increased. Heightened political tensions between RENAMO and the ruling Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) party have led to a number of shooting incidents and kidnappings in recent months, including indiscriminate attacks on civilians travelling along the EN1 and EN6 highways. Due to the ongoing nature of the dispute, as well as a recent rejection of peace talks by RENAMO, further such incidents should be anticipated in the short- to medium-term.

Advice: Clients are advised to take heightened caution in the rural and remote areas of Mozambique's Sofala, Nampula, Tete, Manica, Zambezia and Niassa provinces, due to intermittent clashes between security forces and armed groups, as well as indiscriminate RENAMO attacks upon civilians. Due to the risk of conflict and the heightened threat of ambush attacks associated with travel along the EN1 and EN6 highways in Sofala and Zambezia province, clients are advised to limit intercity road travel and to use commercial air travel instead. If road travel is unavoidable, clients should ensure that all movements are coordinated as part of a military convoy.

Crisis Management Assistance

18 May 2016

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