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Parties involved in the dispute over a vast area of land in the Zintava neighbourhood in Marracuene district have destroyed houses there for the second time.
The houses had been rebuilt by the area’s alleged original residents attempting to reassert their claim after the destruction of about 300 houses by an individual claiming to own the area. A large amount of construction material was also destroyed.
The area had reportedly not been used constructively for a number of years, and the woods were allegedly used by criminals to murder their victims. This was in fact the place where journalist Ericínio de Salema was abandoned after being subjected to a violent beating.
Resident say that the buildings now demolished were part of a housing project which would have put a stop to such activities.
Our reporting team found human bones in an advanced state of decomposition in the area, and were told that there are more in other parts of the woods, along with other evidence of murders.