Police, rioters clash overnight near Mozambican capital’s airport

September 4

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) – Mozambican state radio says police clashed overnight with rioters near the capital’s airport.

No injuries were reported in Friday night’s unrest, which followed two days’ of riots over the cost of living that left at least 10 people dead. The radio says 20 people were arrested Friday, and that calm was restored by Saturday morning.

Amid rising food prices worldwide, Mozambicans are protesting increases in the costs of bread as well as of fuel and water set by their government. Authorities are struggling to contain the violence in the southeastern African nation where more than half the population lives in poverty.

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