Lisbon – The Cabinda State Liberation Front (FLEC) claimed responsibility for the deaths of 13 soldiers from the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) in clashes in the enclave, which also resulted in the deaths of two of its soldiers.
In a war statement released today, FLEC said the clashes took place on the morning of Saturday, June 6 in the villages of Macama-Nzila and Ndongo Buba, a border area between Cabinda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
According to the FLEC, the clashes with “heavy weapons” resulted from a vast offensive launched by the FAA against the position of the Cabins Armed Forces (FAC) and extended to other border villages, 30 kilometers from Cabinda, as far as at 9:00 a.m. Sunday.
“The objective of the Angolan operation was to capture a senior ACS officer, unfortunately they fell into special flec / college command units,” the statement read.
The document notes the “combat killing of two college commandos, including an operational commander and his bodyguard, of 13 FAA soldiers, who also recorded 11 wounded.”
After the fighting, declared the FLEC, the cabna armed forces recovered “several weapons of war and drugs left by Angolan soldiers in the Maiombe forest”.
According to the same information, intense fighting also took place on the border with Massabi around 5:00 p.m., and Angolan soldiers allegedly raided the territory of the Republic of the Congo and killed five people.
In the statement, FLEC said Cabinda “is a territory illegally invaded by Angola and the local population is subject to terrible oppression from the Angolan government”.
“The cabins are refugees on their own territory and want a negotiated solution through dialogue”, we can read in the document, signed by General António do Rosário Luciano, spokesperson for the General Staff of the FAC, in the document, signed by General António do Rosário Luciano.
Flec, through his “as arm”, 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 an integral part of Angolan territory .
Created in 1963, the independent organization has divided and multiplied into different, ephemeral factions, with the FLEC / FAC remaining the only movement that claims to maintain “armed resistance” against the Luanda administration.
More than half of Angolan oil comes from Cabinda.