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UNITA Reports 108 Angolan Soldiers and Four Cubans Killed

May 3, 1987

LISBON, Portugal (AP) _ Angolan rebels said Saturday they killed 108 government soldiers and four Cubans when they defeated an army brigade in the northeastern province of Lunda.

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola said in a statement distributed in Lisbon that the rebels attacked the 95th Angolan Army Brigade on April 23. The statement said the guerrillas also captured 47 RPG-7 automatic rifles, two radios and military maps.

There was no independent confirmation of the claims from the U.S.- and South African-backed guerrillas, who have been fighting since 1975 to topple the Marxist Angolan government.

An estimated 30,000 Cuban soldiers and an undetermined number of Soviet and other East bloc advisers support Angola in the guerrilla war.

UNITA said the brigade was preparing an offensive against rebel-held areas in the region.

The rebels said that in another attack April 25, guerrillas exploded powerful bombs at the military airport and army operations center of the eastern town of Luena in Moxico province.

UNITA said a fire that lasted eight hours destroyed a large quantity of arms, but the rebels gave no details of damage to the airstrip.

The rebels claimed other raids in central Huambo and Malange provinces.

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