Zaire rebels claim seizure of key town
December 25, 1996
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EST (1930 GMT)
GOMA, Zaire (CNN) -- Zairean rebel leader Laurent Kabila said
on Wednesday his forces had captured the key northeastern
town of Bunia, killing 300 government troops. "The town is
completely under our control," Kabila said at his lakeside
villa in the city of Goma.
The rebels previously said they had taken several towns still
in government hands and the Christmas Day claim could not be
independently verified. Kabila declined to give details of
casualties on his own side.
The fall of Bunia, 360 km (220 miles) north of Goma, would
hold great strategic significance because it is a major
junction, has a tarmac airstrip and was heavily reinforced by
Reuters contributed to this report.
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