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Mozambique: 2,000 civilians flee across border

February 27, 2014

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Media in Mozambique say about 2,000 people have fled into Malawi because of reports that gunmen from a former rebel movement were operating in the province where they live.

Mozambique’s state news agency, AIM, reported Thursday that the gunmen had entered the northwestern province of Tete from Sofala, a province where fighters from the Renamo movement clashed with government troops last year. The civilians then fled from Tete across the border into Malawi.

Tete was severely affected by a civil war in Mozambique between Renamo and the Frelimo movement, which now governs the country. A peace deal was signed in 1992.

Tensions between the two sides have escalated ahead of general elections in October.

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