AFP
September 2, 2010

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Four people died and dozens were wounded on Wednesday when police opened fire on demonstrators protesting rising prices in and around the Mozambique capital Maputo, officials said.

One of the dead was a 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head. He was found with a school textbook resting beside him and empty bullet casings nearby, an AFP correspondent said.

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“Four people died, 142 were arrested and 27 were wounded, including two police officers,” police spokesman Pedro Cossa said.

“Police will continue to patrol the streets,” he added.

He also denied that police had used live rounds, saying “our officers always use rubber bullets.”

The country’s main opposition party Renamo said six people had died in the protests and condemned the government’s response.

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