October 23, 1997 |
Fighters opposed to Gen. Denis Sassou-Nguesso, the winner in the nation's civil war, killed 17 members of his militia in an ambush south of the capital, Brazzaville. The militia members were ambushed while trying to dislodge pockets of resistance from fighters loyal to ousted President Pascal Lissouba. The attack came as preparations began for Sassou-Nguesso's weekend inauguration. Sassou-Nguesso is expected to arrive in Brazzaville today.