Six die in Luanda clashes

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LUANDA (AFP) - Six people were killed and two injured in pre-election clashes in Luanda between police and activists of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), Angolan radio said yesterdaty.

The police chief, Gaspar de Silva, told the radio that five civilians were killed and two Unita soldiers wounded in the Viana suburb. A policeman wearing a T-shirt in the colours of the ruling People's Liberation Movement (MPLA) was also shot dead after he had a row with Unita troops at a political meeting.

The Angop national news agency reported that the campaign manager of the MPLA, Kundy Payama, escaped unhurt when Unita security men tried to kill him at a wedding in the south western Huila province.

The assassination attempt was the second against Payama since the electioneering campaign opened at the end of August for the simultaneous legislative and presidential polls.

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