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Municipality and town
Catabola is located in Angola
Location in Angola
Coordinates: 12°7′S 17°18′E / 12.117°S 17.300°E / -12.117; 17.300Coordinates: 12°7′S 17°18′E / 12.117°S 17.300°E / -12.117; 17.300
Country  Angola
Province Bié Province
 • Total 1,169 sq mi (3,028 km2)
Time zone WAT (UTC+1)
Climate Cwb

Catabola is a town and municipality in Bié Province in central Angola.[1] It is located 52.5 kilometres (32.6 mi) by road northeast of Kuito, on the road to Camacupa.


Before 1975 the main town was known as "Nova Sintra".[2] On 20 February 1996, the Forças Armadas de Angola (FAA) attacked a UNITA garrison in Lisusu, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Catabola.[3] It was captured along with towns such as Andulo, Bailundo, Camapuca and Chiguar during the FAA Christmas Offensive of December 1999.[4][5] Numerous local government officials and sympathizers of the government were killed during the attack.[4]


  1. ^ "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved April 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ Tropical health: a report on a study of needs and resources. National Research Council (U.S.). Division of Medical Academies. 1962. p. 151. NAP:14018. 
  3. ^ Daily Report. Africa (Sub-Sahara). Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1996. p. 15. 
  4. ^ a b Vines, Alex (1999). Angola Unravels: The Rise and Fall of the Lusaka Peace Process. Human Rights Watch. p. 79. ISBN 978-1-56432-233-3. 
  5. ^ James, W. Martin (5 May 2011). Historical Dictionary of Angola. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 978-0-8108-7458-9.