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A relative of Benicio Lázaro Guirruta. [Photo: O País]
An environment of pain and sadness pervaded the Guirruta family home in Matola’s Fomento neighbourhood – the home of one of the police agents killed on Sunday at the Ponta de Ouro border by South African military personnel.
The only man out of five siblings, Benicio Lázaro Guirruta passed through the army and had been in the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) since 2011. He leaves a widow and a 12-year-old daughter.
The father of the deceased, who is also a PRM agent, says that he was told by the Interior Ministry that his son had been killed in combat.
Family members say they have so far had no more precise information about what happened.
All the [adult] members of the family serve in the Defence and Security Forces.
Benicio’s cousin remembers that they were together last Wednesday, when they talked about various subjects and said farewell for the last time. Benicio told his cousin that on the 28th of this month he would be finally be moving into a home of his own.
The other agent killed in the same incident is from Nampula. Our reporter established that the Rapid Intervention Unit in Maputo would be holding a wake for the two agents today.
By Amândio Borges