Mozambique: Five pilgrims die in road accident in Inhambane Province
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A 24-year-old man was shot dead in Matola on Tuesday afternoon by law enforcement officers, allegedly for refusing to hand over his driving license.
“Police officers from Jardim [Maputo neighbourhood] came to stop a car, a mini-bus, but it didn’t stop. They chase it all the way to past the “Esteleiro” [yard]. They made him stop, took him out of the vehicle, took off his shirt and shot him,” a witness related.
The incident started around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when the victim was stopped by law enforcement officers while driving towards Benfica on Avenida de Moçambique in Maputo. Police demanded the young man’s vehicle registration and driving license.
The deceased’s family say he reportedly handed over the registration booklet but refused to present his driving license on the grounds that the agents were not from the traffic police. He was then ordered to go to the Jardim police station.
Patrick Sabimane, the owner of the vehicle the victim was driving, was the first to arrive at the crime scene.
According to what family members were told at the police station, the three police agents involved are currently being held at the 5th Police Station in Machava, in Matola municipality.
But nothing can consoles a family which, 25 years ago, lost another brother, shot dead by a security guard in similar circumstances.
By Isabel ManhiçaSource: O País
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