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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
ProvinceBié Province
 • Total1,103 sq mi (2,857 km2)
 (mid 2019)[1]
 • Total148,709
 • Density130/sq mi (52/km2)
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)

Catabola is a town, with a population of 28,831 (2014 census)[2], and a municipality, with a population of 126,631 (2014 census), in Bié Province in central Angola.[3][4] 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".[5] On 20 February 1996, the Forças Armadas de Angola (FAA) attacked a UNITA garrison in Lisusu, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Catabola.[6] It was captured along with towns such as Andulo, Bailundo, Camapuca and Chiguar during the FAA Christmas Offensive of December 1999.[7][8] Numerous local government officials and sympathizers of the government were killed during the attack.[7]


  1. ^ Population of provinces and municipalities in Angola
  2. ^ Population of cities & urban localities in Angola
  3. ^ "City councils of Angola". Statoids. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  4. ^ "Angola". Censo 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Daily Report. Africa (Sub-Sahara). Foreign Broadcast Information Service. 1996. p. 15.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ James, W. Martin (5 May 2011). Historical Dictionary of Angola. Scarecrow Press. p. 195. ISBN 978-0-8108-7458-9.