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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Angolans Battle Rebels

LUANDA, Angola -- Government troops were holding out Wednesday against a furious rebel artillery barrage that has killed dozens of people and left the encircled city of Kuito in flames, Angolan radio reported. Hand-to-hand battles broke out on the city's southern edge, where penned-in government troops were trying to prevent a UNITA rebel breakthrough, an Angolan National Radio correspondent said. After capturing Angola's second-largest city, Huambo, last year, the rebels turned their heaviest artillery and thousands of troops against Kuito in a bid to knock out its strategic airport and army base.