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Angola: alarm-bells ring in Cabinda

The recent murderous attack on a foreign football team has allowed the Cabindan separatist movement to take the world stage – and it raises security concerns for about a quarter of Angola's oil production, Martin Quinlan writes

THE ANGOLAN government thought it had dealt with the threat from the movement seeking independence for Cabinda, the country's separate oil-producing enclave to the north. In 2006, a peace agreement was signed with the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (Flec) – but Flec split and, fuelled by Cabinda's poverty and oppression from the Angolan military, several new militant groups have emerged. In January, three people were killed when the coach carrying the Togo football team was attacked just after it crossed the border into Cabinda from Democratic Republic of Congo – the country whose 40 km seaboard separates Angola from its enclave. For some years there have been attacks on

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