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March 03, 1985

Zimbabwe opposition leader Joshua Nkomo went into hiding in the southern city of Bulawayo following a massive army and police operation to flush out anti-government rebels in the city's black townships, officials said. More than 4,000 soldiers and police sealed off the suburbs and began house-to-house searches. Nkomo, leader of the Zimbabwe African People's Union, went to a "safe house" in another part of the city, his aides said. The sweep forced cancellation of a burial service for six opposition party officials, five of whom were killed by gunmen in the western town of Hwange.

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