The Conflict with Renamo, 1976-1992
«April 1986»

Dossier MZ-0020


1977 1978 September 1981


74. "The Terrorist Noose Tightens"; Car Bomb Explosion in Maputo

Renamo column

Above: An armed Renamo group moving through grassland somewhere in Mozambique. Note that they are wearing new uniforms.

Despite the ongoing upbeat reporting in the Mozambican press of minor victories, with "armed bandits" killed or taken prisoner, and camps and bases destroyed, the MNR/Renamo proved difficult to eliminate. In a report from Quelimane headlined "Terrorist Noose Tightens", the US journalist Andrew Meldrum quoted a Swedish diplomat as saying that South Africa was the key to peace, because "South Africa's destabilisation is overwhelmingly the cause of Mozambique's misery."

On 21 April, a bomb hidden in a car that had been brought from South Africa exploded on the Avenida Agostinho Neto in Maputo, injuring 50 people and damaging nearby buildings.


Click on the yellow folder image below to download an unsorted zipped archive of documents and press clippings in PDF format concerning the conflict between the Mozambican government and the MNR/Renamo in April 1986.

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