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Rebel Base Captured

March 3, 1986

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AP) _ Soldiers killed 24 rebels and freed 204 civilians in capturing a major guerrilla base at Manianje, in the southern province of Inhambane, the official Mozambican News Agency reported Monday.

The agency, quoting Mozambican radio, said some of the civilians had been seized by the Mozambique National Resistance in 1982. It said the base was captured Feb. 20. Military casualties were not reported.

Maj. Gen. Domingos Fondo, the provincial military commander, was quoted as saying the rebels had apparently sought to prevent the resumption of oil exploration in the area.

Conservative Portuguese interests and South Africa’s white-led minority government have supported the Resistance in its campaign against Mozambique’s Marxist President Samora Machel.

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