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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zaire Loses 3rd Town

KISANGANI, Zaire () -- The Zairean military Thursday conceded the loss of northeastern Isiro to advancing rebels as Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi called for an international buffer force along Zaire's eastern borders to stop aid from getting to the guerrillas.


Zairean President Mobutu Sese Seko remained holed up in his northern hometown of Gbadolite, leaving Prime Minister Kengo wa Dondo to bear the brunt of the wrath in Kinshasa over the rout of Zaire's ill-disciplined and under-equipped troops.


The mainly Tutsi rebels, under dissident Laurent-Desire Kabila, say they control 20 percent of Zaire and have 15,000 men under arms, with non-Tutsi recruits joining daily.