Two members of Mozambique’s border police have been shot dead in shootout in Ndumo, along the South Africa-Mozambique border on Sunday, said a Mozambique police officer on Monday.
According to a confirmation by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), the shootout involved members of its force and the Mozambique border police.
Without giving any further details on the incident, it added that no members of its force were killed.
SANDF spokesperson Brigadier-General Mafi Mgobozi stated that SANDF members were on a routine patrol as part of borderline protection when the shooting occured.
“Both the deceased are Mozambican police members. Our police force and its SA counterpart are holding a joint meeting to establish the real causes that led to that incident,” Juarse Martins, Mozambique police spokesperson told a local television channel.
Meanwhile, SANDF has deployed a team to probe the shooting.
“We’re still investigating the circumstances that led to that shooting incident. Once we have the details about what happened, we’ll be able to come back and tell the people what really happened.
“At the present moment, we’ve sent a team to that place to gather more information.”
Mgobozi highlighted that the situation could get tense.
“I won’t say our border is under threat because of that unfortunate incident. Our people are there patrolling. The situation I can say yes it could be tense but our soldiers are there doing their job.”