February 24, 2002 |
The death of Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, who helped drag out one of Africa's longest-running civil wars, has rekindled hopes for peace in a country ravaged by decades of conflict, analysts said Saturday. But they warned against celebrating until there are concrete assurances that Savimbi's National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, known by the Portuguese acronym UNITA, is ready to lay down its arms.
February 23, 2002 |
The Angolan government reported Friday that rebel leader Jonas Savimbi, who has led a struggle for power in that country for almost 30 years, was killed during fighting with the army. A statement read on Angolan radio and television said Savimbi, who led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola--or UNITA, under a Portuguese acronym--died earlier in the day during an army attack on the rebel group in Moxico province in southeastern Angola.
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.