Cabinda independentists claim attacks that killed Angolan military forces

Cabinda independentists claim attacks that killed Angolan military forces

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The FLEC/FAC independence movement claims to have ambushed an Angolan Armed Forces patrol in Cabinda, killing three soldiers and a policeman, while its own troops lost two soldiers.

In a "war announcement" sent to Lusa news agency, Che Tchitcha Bica Bankulu, the commander of the Cabinda State Liberation Front - Cabinda Armed Forces (FLEC/FAC) for Massabi region, said that the attacks took place on Wednesday afternoon in Lico village (Dinge region).

"Our goal is to attack the illegal occupation forces in Cabinda, not to kill foreigners. However, the latter must be aware that the war in Cabinda is not over," the statement reads, leaving some doubts as to whether the warning is meant for "Angolan foreigners" or includes citizens from other countries as well.

It has not yet been possible to confirm the incident with the Angolan Armed Forces.

Cabinda is an enclave separated from the rest of Angola by a narrow strip of territory belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

FLEC and its "military arm" FAC fight for the independence of the territory, claiming that the enclave was a Portuguese protectorate - as established in the Treaty of Simulambuco, signed in 1885 - and not an Angolan province.

Created in 1963, the independence organization split into multiple ephemeral factions. FLEC/FAC is the only movement that claims to maintain "armed resistance" against the Luanda administration.

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