Mozambique’s police said on Monday that they had killed Mariano Nyongo, the leader of Renamo military junta, an armed wing of a breakaway faction of the main opposition group.
General Commander of Police Bernardino Rafael said Nyongo was killed early in the morning in fighting between the Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the insurgents in Sofala province.
At around 0730 local time the FDS in patrol operations clashed with the military junta which was being led by Nyongo, Rafael said.
“The FDS did everything to neutralise Nyongo alive so that he could answer for his actions in court. Unfortunately they were the first to attack the FDS patrol,” he said.
The government claims that the armed group is responsible for several attacks and killings of civilians, plundering of property, looting and arson in the central part of the country in the last few years.