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Senior Renamo member José Manuel was shot at point-blank in what appears to have been a drive-by assassination, on Saturday night in Beira, Sofala province. Jose Manuel had been recently appointed member of the National Council of Defence and State Security and had also been a member of EMOCHM ( International Observer Military Team for the Cessation of Military Hostilities) that was created in 2014 and ended in May 2015.
The unidentified gunmen reportedly killed José Manuel and two other people using an AKM-type firearm,
José Manuel, had just arrived in Beira by plane from Maputo.
According to Felizardo Culicho, brother of the ‘txopela’ (motorbike taxi) driver who was driving Manuel into the city from the airport and who also died in the incident, his brother Carlitos had received a phone call to pick up a customer at Beira Airport at about 9:30 p.m..
Residents of the neighbourhood where the attack took place said that they heard several shots fired by occupants of a light vehicle at about 22:00 p.m..
According to STV news, the third victim was a man called Chico Jaime, about whom nothing further is known at present.
The scene of the crime was still littered with shells cases and the bullet-riddled ‘txopela’ yesterday morning, a suitcase belonging to one of the occupants still inside.
The relatives of the taxi driver yesterday expressed their anger at the police for leaving the bodies of the victims where they fell for nearly 10 hours before arriving on the scene and arranging for their removal.Source: O País / STV