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.
August 14, 2001 |
Rebels in Angola claimed responsibility Monday for a train ambush last week that left scores of people dead, but they insisted that the train was a legitimate military target. The train, carrying about 500 refugees fleeing fighting between the government and rebels, hit a mine Friday, derailed and burst into flames before coming under attack by gunmen. Many of the dead were trapped in the train and were burned alive, government officials said. Death toll reports varied.
August 12, 2001 |
A train carrying hundreds of refugees in northwestern Angola hit a mine, derailing and bursting into flames before coming under attack by gunmen, the Portuguese news agency Lusa said. As many as 91 people were said to have died. Lusa said the train was carrying more than 500 refugees who were fleeing fighting that has been going on between the government of this southern African country and UNITA rebel forces since Angola's 1975 independence from Portugal.
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 28, 2001
Rebels freed 60 youths and two teachers after holding them hostage for three weeks and forcing them to walk hundreds of miles through the bush. The youths, ages 10 to 18, looked weary and suffered from swollen and bruised feet as they arrived late Saturday in the Angolan capital, Luanda, on a government plane. Members of the UNITA rebel movement abducted the group from a youth center during a violent attack May 5 on Caxito, about 40 miles northeast of Luanda.