Mozambique's police and the country's main opposition party, Renamo, have exchanged direct gunfire for the first time since the country's 16-year civil war ended 20 years ago. The confrontation is viewed with concern by Africa experts who see Renamo's leader, Afonso Dhlakama, using Mozambique's booming economy as a reason to press home the claims of his party.

ARMOURED cars from the Mozambique police Rapid Intervention Force raided the headquarters of the major opposition party, Renamo, in the first exchange of direct gunfire between the police and former rebels since Mozambique’s civil war ended 20 years ago.

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Mr Dhlakama is renewing his claims for a share in Mozambique’s rising fortunes for him and his supporters on the back of a boom in the country’s economy
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