Understanding the situation on the ground
in Angola remains almost impossible for the public at large. Xinhua has
reported, however, on November 30 that Angolan rebels have launched a new
round of raids on government targets, attacking the town of Waco Kungo
and ambushing tanker trucks belonging to the state oil company Sonangol.
An official source said that Angolan government forces and UNITA rebels
are currently engaged in "violent combat" around the town of
Waco Kungo, which is on the Luanda-Huambo road, about 300 km south-southeast
of Luanda. The heavy fighting reportedly began early on November 29 and
is reportedly taking place around the airport, located some 10 km from
the town center. Telephone communications with Sumbe, capital of South
Kwanza Province, remained down on November 30. No further details of the
fighting were immediately available. Reuters said that last weekend, three
Sonangol tanker trucks were destroyed by presumed UNITA rebels in central
Angola's Huambo Province. The trucks, which were transporting fuel from
the southern city of Lubango, were ambushed by gunmen south of Caala.
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