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Angola Shuts Eight Churches After Deadly Clashes With Sect

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Angolan authorities shut eight church groups and declared them illegal two weeks after police clashes with a religious sect that may have left hundreds of people dead.

To be allowed to operate, churches must collect 100,000 notarized signatures with copies of identification cards from people across at least a third of the southwest African country’s 18 provinces, the state-run Jornal de Angola reported Thursday. The newspaper cited Isidro Justino, head of identification, registration and legal affairs in the justice and human rights department of Huambo province.