The army of Angola's Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has captured the vitally strategic town of Caxito, some fifty kilometres (31 miles) north of the country's capital, Lunda.
GV PAN Street scene in Caxito.
SV PAN soldier in street.
GV and SV soldiers walking up road with flag (3 shots)
GV and SV MPLA troops on back of Army lorry (2 shots)
SV zoom out vehicles with "Congo" printed on them.
CU Portuguese soldier.
CU & SV MPLA troops in groups chatting (3 shots)
GV troops standing across road.
GV damage and wreckage along street (2 shots).
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Background: The army of Angola's Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has captured the vitally strategic town of Caxito, some fifty kilometres (31 miles) north of the country's capital, Lunda. For the past few days the MPLA forces have been consolidating their position, and rounding up prisoners from the defeated national Front for the Liberation of Angola (MNLA), which was backed financial and military aid from Zaire.
Many of the prisoners held by the MPLA are Zaire nationals. They were mercenaries, and they include a Portuguese ex-army officer are questioned in standard from and the MPLA soldiers show no emotion towards the prisoners. They even advise them to sit in the shade.
The capture of Caxito have virtually assured the MPLA'S superiority in the northern region of Luanda, and has eased the pressure on the capital city. In the words of one officer, the war is all but finished - at least in that area.
The airlift of 350,000 white settlers out of Angola has now slowed to little more than one thousand a day. Two jumbo jets, which the Portuguese civilian airline TAP have been operating between Angola and Lisbon, are both out of service waiting for repairs, and the airline is flying only about five flights a day. The Portuguese Government wants to get all the settlers out before 11 November, which is the scheduled date of independence.