, MAPUTO, Nov 1 – Mozambique’s official opposition party Renamo Friday accused government forces of attacking its headquarters in the central city of Beira, after a spate of clashes between the former rebel movement and the military.
“Our political delegation in Beira was attacked this morning by the armed forces and special police,” Renamo spokesman Fernando Mazanga told AFP, referring to the country’s second city, a major port.
“They are occupying our offices there and the house our president Afonso Dhlakama has in the city.”
Around 150 armed men struck in the morning, and injured a security guard, the group claimed.
“They tortured a security guard. They beat him,” said Mazanga.
Tensions have been building between Renamo militants and the Frelimo-led government since last April, with several attacks and counter attacks reported.
During the Cold War the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) and the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) fought a brutal civil war, which by the time it ended in 1992 had killed around one million people.
On October 21, Renamo accused the ruling party of having broken their 21-year peace deal after soldiers took over its main base in the central Gorongosa mountains.
The area has great symbolic significance as a heartland for the former rebel movement, then an anti-Communist force which launched a civil war against the Marxist regime of the time two years after independence from Portugal in 1977.