Maputo, 2 Jun (AIM) – The Mozambican police have detained two foreign citizens, one Portuguese and the other Zimbabwean, in the possession of modern firearms, in working order, in Trangapasse neighbourhood, in the central city of Chimoio, capital of Manica province.
In all, the police seized 26 pistols of various calibres, nine semi-automatic shotguns, two 6-millimeter gas-pressure “spiders”, new ammunition, five swords, hatchets, bayonets, knives, bulletproof vests, binoculars, cameras, communication radios, and cell phones.
The Portuguese man is a restaurant manager and the Zimbabwean is the general manager of a company linked to the slaughter, processing and sale of beef and other meats.
According to the Manica provincial police spokesperson, Mateus Mindú, work is being carried out to find out the real origin and purpose of those weapons.
“The investigations are continuing to conclude whether or not the weapons were used to feed terrorism, and also what was the purpose of an ordinary citizen having several weapons stored. Those allowed to hold firearms in the country are only the Defence and Security Forces”, said Mindu.
The two men detained refused to make any comment on the case.
The independent newssheet “Carta de Mocambique” found that the Portuguese is also a partner in a private security company based in Chimoio. This company seems to have no clients other than himself.