Mozambique: Opposition fighters killed 4 soldiers in attacks in central part of country

Mozambique's state media says opposition fighters killed four soldiers in two separate attacks amid escalating violence in the central part of the country.

The Mozambique News Agency reported Wednesday that three troops died in an ambush a day earlier by gunmen loyal to Renamo, the former rebel movement that fought a civil war after independence from Portugal in 1975.

The report says Renamo fighters killed one soldier and injured three civilians, one of whom was pregnant, in a second attack on vehicles with a military escort on the country's main north-south highway.

Renamo signed a peace deal in 1992 with Mozambique's ruling party Frelimo. Relations between the two parties have deteriorated ahead of municipal elections on Nov. 20 and national elections next year.