September 12, 1988 |
South African President Pieter W. Botha travels today to war-ravaged Mozambique, where South Africa is regarded as both the hostile backer of right-wing guerrillas and an economic powerhouse whose cooperation is badly needed by its poorer neighbor. Botha and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano will hold a day of talks at Songo near the Cahora Bassa hydroelectric dam--a stalled project to harness the mighty Zambezi River that symbolizes the complex relationship between their two states.
January 3, 1988 |
Rightist guerrillas derailed a train with a mine explosion, then attacked it, killing at least 22 people and wounding 71 others, the news agency AIM reported Saturday. About 1,500 people were aboard the train Thursday afternoon when it hit the mine placed by the Mozambique National Resistance, the agency said. The train was headed east toward Maputo, the capital, when the attack occurred about 25 miles east of Mozambique's border with South Africa, the agency said.
November 30, 1987 |
Rightist guerrillas killed at least 63 people and wounded 78 in an attack on an army-escorted civilian convoy north of Maputo, hospital and government officials said Sunday. The attack Saturday on the main road near Maluana, 32 miles from the capital of Maputo was blamed by government officials on the guerrillas' Mozambique National Resistance. On Sunday, 32 charred and burning trucks and buses lined the road for almost a mile.
November 29, 1987 |
Security forces have captured a major rebel base near the border with South Africa, the official AIM news agency said Saturday. It quoted army headquarters as saying government troops overran the Mozambican National Resistance base at Matsequenha on Wednesday, killing more than 100 rebels and capturing eight others and large quantities of arms. "After two days of tough fighting we stormed the base at 3 p.m. on Wednesday," said Maj.
October 31, 1987 |
Rebels ambushed a convoy of vehicles on the country's main north-south road and killed 211 civilians, the national AIM news agency reported Friday. The rebels destroyed about 80 vehicles in the attack Thursday near the town of Taninga, about 50 miles north of the capital of Maputo, AIM said. "There are many bodies scattered in the bush," the unidentified source told AIM.
August 15, 1987 |
President Pieter W. Botha said Friday that South Africa reserves the right to act against African National Congress guerrillas on Mozambican territory, despite a nonaggression pact between the two neighboring countries. Botha did not say South African troops would raid Mozambique, as they did before the Nkomati Accord of 1984, and denied that South Africa is aiding right-wing Mozambican rebels, asserting that the pact is still in operation.
August 13, 1987
About 600 right-wing rebels in Mozambique killed at least 72 people in an attack in the town of Manjacaze, the official news agency AIM reported. It was the second major attack in southern Mozambique in a month. Manjacaze is midway between Maputo, the capital, and Homoine, where more than 380 people were killed by rebels in an attack in July. The Homoine massacre was the worst single incident in Mozambique's protracted civil war.
August 9, 1987 |
Mozambican right-wing rebels said Saturday they had killed 21 Zimbabwean and 22 Mozambican government soldiers in battles last week in Mozambique's southern Gaza and northwestern Tete provinces.