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Parliamentary candidate assassinated in Zimbabwe

A candidate in next month's elections was assassinated at his home Tuesday night in the first political slaying since Britain re-established control over the breakaway state last month, according to police.

Police identified the victim of the Salisbury slaying as Oliver Saunyama, a member of the Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole's wing of the Zimbabwe African National union, who was a candidate for parliament. Mr. Sithole immediately blamed Robert Mugabe's rival guerrillas for the death of Mr. Saunyama.

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In the countryside, shooting broke out at a cease-fire assembly camp, and British Commonwealth sources said it appeared to have involved guerrillas of rival wings of the Patriotic Front alliance. But according to first reports, there were no casualties after the brief incident.


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