August 28, 2001 |
Gunmen in northwestern Angola fired a missile at a passenger bus and then sprayed it with gunfire, killing at least 50 people, including several children, news reports said. The attack occurred Friday, Roman Catholic radio station Ecclesia said, citing local police. Many bodies were charred or blown to pieces, making a victim count difficult.
August 16, 2001 |
The death toll in the ambush of a train by Angolan rebels rose to 252 after rescue workers identified an additional 100 bodies in the smoldering wreck, the government said. The train, carrying more than 500 people fleeing fighting between government forces and the rebels, hit two land mines Friday, derailed and burst into flames. Rebels then sprayed the survivors with gunfire, witnesses said.
June 17, 2001 |
The United Nations has halted all aid flights in Angola after a ground-to-air missile narrowly missed two of its planes in the second attack on aid aircraft this month. The U.N. World Food Program on Friday announced an indefinite suspension of flights in the war-devastated country and warned of an "unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe" if it is unable to resume deliveries this week.
May 11, 2001 |
Tens of thousands of people fled a rural town after an attack by the UNITA rebel group and are seeking refuge in Luanda, the capital, government officials said. The Angolan government estimated that about 30,000 civilians had fled Caxito, about 40 miles northeast of Luanda, after Saturday's attack, Roman Catholic radio station Ecclesia reported, citing unnamed government sources.
May 8, 2001 |
In their boldest attack in months, UNITA rebels overran a town near this capital, killing 79 people and interrogating foreign aid workers, officials said Monday. About 200 rebels attacked Caxito, a town of 50,000 about 40 miles northeast of Luanda, at dawn Saturday, the army said in a statement. The statement did not provide casualty figures, but an aid official in Luanda who was in contact with colleagues in Caxito said 79 people, including soldiers, police officers and civilians, were killed.
July 20, 2000 |
The international diamond industry announced strict new measures Wednesday to clamp down on the trade in "conflict diamonds" used to pay for wars in Africa. The measures include a certification system to closely track rough diamonds from the time they're mined, as well as tough penalties for dealers who break U.N. embargoes on diamond sales by rebels in Angola and Sierra Leone.