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FLEC announces death of six people in clashes in Cabinda province

The Cabinda State Liberation Front (FLEC) claimed the deaths of three Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) soldiers in clashes in that enclave, which also caused the death of one of its soldiers and two civilians.

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In a "communiqué of war", made public this Friday, FLEC describes that the clashes took place on the morning of Thursday 4 June in the village of Tando-Limbo, on the road between Inhuca and Massabi.

According to the same information, the clashes took place after a position of the Cabindan Armed Forces (FAC) was attacked by a FAA patrol "in total violation of the ceasefire appeal launched by the UN Secretary General, António Guterres".

"One FAC soldier lost his life during the aggression of the Angolan Armed Forces, who lost three men. During the fighting two women from the neighbouring village were killed by the Angolan military's fire", the statement reads.

In the document, signed by General António do Rosário Luciano, spokesman for the general staff of the FAC, the FLEC states that it "does not give in to the incessant bloody provocations of the FAA", stating that it "maintains the ceasefire in respect of the appeal of António Guterres".

FLEC also denounces alleged lies proclaimed by the FAA, which "invade the territories of the Republic of Congo and the DRC in violation of the sovereignty of those countries, claiming to persecute soldiers of the FAC".

"FLEC-FAC operates exclusively within the territory of Cabinda and refuses to be the alibi for Angolan expansionist projects in the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo," he added.

On Wednesday, the FLEC announced the deaths of 12 people, including military and civilian, also for confrontations in that enclave.

The FLEC, through its "armed arm", the FAC, fights for independence in the territory claiming that the enclave was a Portuguese protectorate, as established in the Treaty of Simulambuco, signed in 1885, and not part of the Angolan territory.

Created in 1963, the independence organisation was divided and multiplied into different, ephemeral factions, with the FLEC/FAC remaining the only movement claiming to maintain an 'armed resistance' against the Luanda administration.

More than half of Angola's oil comes from this province.

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