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27 Aug 1996 description


15 August 96 - Angola's joint ceasefire commission ordered a board of inquiry to investigate landmine blasts in the diamond-rich Lunda-Sul region on a stretch of road already demined. Two UN peacekeepers were killed on the road, between Saurimo and Luena, on 27 July when their vehicle hit a landmine.

On 1 August, another landmine was found on the same road and on 10 August a UN convoy carrying 85 UNITA soldiers, as well as 25 women and 38 children, hit a 130mm artillery shell with a detonator on top. Twenty-five UNITA soldiers were hurt. (Source: Reuter)