Insurgents attacked a garrison of the Mozambican armed forces (FADM) in Mandimba village, Nangade, on 28 June, killing the commander and injuring up to five soldiers, forcing them to withdraw.
Local sources told Zitamar that the FADM position was attacked at around 4pm in Mandimba, approximately 30km from Nangade district headquarters, seemingly in a surprise assault, causing much of the village population to flee.
One local source reports that the FADM commander and four other members of the security forces were killed in the ensuing clash, while a security source claims one was killed and five wounded with large amounts of weapons and ammunition captured.
The local source said that forces of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) know the location of the insurgents and have requested helicopter support from the command in Mueda but they have received no response, so they are forced to wait for orders.
Manimda was previously the scene of clashes between security forces and insurgents on 5 April, when another surprise attack left three FADM soldiers dead and five more wounded.