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Security risk for Tete coal

Rebel group Renamo has attacked a coal train for the first time in Mozambique and pledged to launch further attacks. The group has engaged in democratic politics since the end of the country’s civil war in 1992 but has recently become disillusioned with politics as a result of its lack of electoral success. Lorries have been attacked in remote parts of central Mozambique and threats have been made against coal transport from Tete Province in the far northwest to the Indian Ocean ports in the east.
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The government reported that a train carrying coal from a Vale mine was attacked in Sofala Province at the start of April. The deputy minister of the interior, Jose Mandra, said: “Renamo shot at a train transporting coal and hit the driver in the leg. This was an effort to destabilise the country.” Renamo denied that it was behind the attack but not all elements in its military force appear to be following the same policy. The group is holding talks with the government to end the dispute but Vale responded to the attack by suspending coal shipments.

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