RPT-Fearful Mozambicans flee as old foes clash

lunes 25 de enero de 2016 04:49 GYT

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* Refugees report government forces, opposition clashes

* Around 3,500 Mozambicans refugees in Malawi camp

* Security experts concerned violence could worsen

* Unrest could deter investment in potential gas hub

By Joe Brock

KAPISE, Malawi, Jan 22 (Reuters) - When Mozambican troops hunting opposition fighters attacked his village this week, 10-year-old Wit Messenger turned and ran, leaving behind parents he may never see again.

Messenger is among thousands of Mozambicans who have fled across the border to refugee camps in Malawi in the last month, saying Frelimo government forces are burning homes and killing civilians in a campaign against Renamo guerrillas in an escalation of a simmering conflict between old civil war foes.

Spokesmen for both Frelimo and Renamo each told Reuters that the other side was responsible for attacks on their members in various parts of the country but would not give details about the violence that prompted the refugee exodus.   Continuación...