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December 17, 1985

The African National Congress took responsibility for planting a land mine near South Africa's border with Zimbabwe, which killed six whites. The blast, the seventh such recent incident, provoked a new warning from top officials in South Africa that it might send troops into the territory of its black-governed neighbor to halt activity by guerrillas of the outlawed group based there. "I must warn that this could lead to a situation similar to that of SWAPO in Angola," said South African Defense Minister Magnus Malan, referring to periodic South African attacks against Namibian rebels operating from Angola.

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