Troops of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) attacked an area in Luanda on Saturday (9 August) occupied by the rival National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA).
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Background: Troops of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) attacked an area in Luanda on Saturday (9 August) occupied by the rival National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA).
The attack sparked off a ten-hour battle in which at least three were killed and an unknown number injured. The fighting has increased fears of an all-out war for control of the Angolan capital. The MPLA now controls the majority of the city but faces continued opposition form the FNLA and a third nationalist group the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).All three groups were involved in the fighting which erupted soon after the midnight curfew.
Most FNLA troops withdrew from Luanda afar clashes with the MPLA last month which left several hundred dead. Saturday's fighting left the FNLA headquarters pockmarked by bullet holes. Outside, two bodies of civilians were lying not far from the burned-out hulk of a landrover hit by a mortar shell.
After the fighting died down, Portuguese trucks and armoured cars patrolled the area, barred to civilians by Portuguese road blocks. They are trying to stay out of the strife between independence form Portugal on 11 November draws nearer.
The continued fighting in the capital as left the city threatened with starvation as stocks of food and fuel have dwindled and no fresh supplies have come in.