85 Rebels Killed in 3 Weeks, Angola Says

United Press International

Angolan troops killed 85 guerrillas and captured "large quantities" of war materiel in three weeks of fighting last month, the official Angolan news agency said Saturday.

The Angop agency, in a dispatch monitored in Lisbon, did not mention casualties among the government forces in the operations between April 29 and May 18. Guerrillas of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), backed by the United States and South Africa, have fought the government and Cuban forces supporting it since the oil-producing nation gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.

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