BRAZILIAN MINER VALE SUSPENDS COAL TRAINS IN MOZAMBIQUE AFTER RENAMO AMBUSH

Brazilian mining company Vale has suspended the operations its coal trains along the Sena railway line from the Moatize coal basin to the central Mozambican port of Beira, following an attack by gunmen from the opposition party, Renamo, on a locomotive on Monday.

The train was ambushed as it passed through Inhamitanga in Cheringoma district in the central province of Sofala. The driver was shot in the back while a security guard received cuts from flying glass.

This is not the first time that members of Renamo’s militia have attacked the railway line. In early June, two attacks were carried out on trains in the same area. As a result of these actions, Vale suspended its trains for a fortnight. However, just over a week ago the service was reinstated.

This was not an isolated attack. Over the weekend two truck drivers driving along the EN7 highway in the district of Barue in the central province of Manica were ambushed. Both drivers suffered minor injuries which were treated at the rural hospital in Catandica.

In an unrelated incident, three people died and 40 were injured when a bus belonging to Nagy Investments drove carelessly over a level crossing and was hit by an oncoming train belonging to Vale.

The accident happened near the town of Cuamba in the northern province of Niassa, along the rail corridor to the port at Nacala-a-Velha.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK