Security Messages for U.S. Citizens: Recent Clashes Between RENAMO and Mozambican Security Forces

U.S. Embassy Maputo alerts U.S. citizens to recent reports of violent clashes occurring between the government security forces and elements from the opposition party Renamo. According to Mozambican security spokespersons and the chief of police, the security forces are conducting a concerted campaign to disarm the Renamo movement. Citizens are advised to be mindful of their surroundings and monitor news reports. If you find yourself near such an event, leave the area. If it is not safe to do so immediately, maintain a low profile until you are able to relocate.

For more information about recent violent clashes, please refer to the Security Message released on September 26, 2015.

October 27-28: A confrontation reportedly occurred between Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) men and government forces near Sabe Sede, Morrumbala District, Zambezia Province. The clash began in the afternoon with reports of gunfire continuing into the night.

October 29: Clashes were reported between government and Renamo forces in the Gorongosa District of Sofala Province.

October 31: Reports indicate another clash occurred in Morrumbala District with casualties.

November 2: A clash reportedly occurred between Renamo and government security forces north of Gorongosa in the village of Cheringoma, Inhaminga District, Sofala Province.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Mozambique.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Maputo in Maputo, located at 193, Avenida Kenneth Kaunda, and is open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You may also call 21-49-2797 during normal business hours, 84-306-6480 during after-hours.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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