Angola's Defence Minister, Henrique Carreira, has claimed that South Africa is attempting to "de-stabilise" Angola and destroy its revolution.
Angola's Defence Minister, Henrique Carreira, has claimed that South Africa is attempting to "de-stabilise" Angola and destroy its revolution. Angola has accused South Africa of carrying out last month's bombing raids in two southern provinces.
SYNOPSIS: Twenty-six people are said to have died when this furniture factory in Lubando--in the province of Huila--was struck by bombs. Angola's official new agency, Angop, says that a total of sixty people died in the air raids, on September the 26th. Angop says the raid was carried out by four Mirage planes and began at eleven-twenty hours G.M.T. In all, 126 people were injured, according to Angolan officials.
Of the total injured, eighty-four were factory workers and civilians. In Pretoria, a spokesman for the South African Defence Force has denied the bombing raids. He dismissed the reports as Angolan "propaganda."
Angola says a second raid took place ten minutes later on the same day in Xangongo, in Kunene Province. This time six Mirages are said to have bombed and machine-gunned a fish shop, private homes, and a school. Officials said 34 people died, while 42 civilians were wounded.
Angola's Defence Minister said South Africa was aiming to destroy Angola's revolution by bombing production centres and killing innocent civilians. Faced with this escalation of violence by the South Africans, he said, Angola was obliged to seek new ways of defending its territory. Senior Carreira gave no further details.