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November 30, 1987

Joao Soares, son of Portuguese President Mario Soares, flew to Angola in an attempt to speed the release of two Swedish aid workers kidnaped by rebels opposing the African nation's Marxist government. Soares, a leading Socialist in his own country, has had previous contacts with the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, which has fought the Angolan government since the country gained its independence from Portugal 12 years ago. In the kidnaping two months ago, a colleague of the two Swedish workers was killed, and the rebel group sent a delegate to Stockholm to express regrets and urge Sweden to withdraw its nationals from Angola.

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