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Sunday, November 8, 1998 Published at 22:59 GMT

World: Africa

Namibia calls on Botswana to hand over rebels

Namibia has called on neighbouring Botswana to hand over more than one-hundred Namibians who fled across the border.

President Nujoma described them as traitors and murderers and said they should be punished for their alleged crimes.

The group crossed into Botswana last week, where they are being held for entering the country illegally.

They have been fighting for the secession of the Caprivi Strip in north-eastern Namibia.

Botswana and Namibia have several long-running disputes over territory in the area.

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