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Friday, February 19, 1999 Published at 15:13 GMT

World: Africa

Congo rebels say they've downed Zimbabwean plane

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have shot down a Zimbabwean fighter plane over the town of Kabalo in the south east of the country.

A rebel commander, Bob Ngoy, told Reuters news agency that the plane was shot down after it tried to attack the rebel-held town.

There's no independent confirmation of the attack.

Kabalo has been the scene of heavy fighting since the rebels captured it in October.

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