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MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) — Mozambican Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina says attacks by the opposition party and former rebel movement Renamo have displaced more than 6,000 people in the central parts of the country.

Vaquina told the Mozambican parliament Friday that armed attacks by Renamo have displaced 6,727 people in the central Gorongosa district alone.

An agreement signed between Renamo and the ruling Frelimo party in Rome in 1992 ended a bitter 16-year civil war but violence flared up again in May when Renamo gunmen attacked a police station at Muxungue in central Mozambique, killing 5 police and injuring several others.

This was followed by government troops storming Stunjira in central Mozambique where Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama was staying, killing a number of Renamo gunmen, and forcing the party leader to flee.

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