With just over two weeks before the start of the London conference on Zimbabwe Rhodesia, the Salisbury government has renewed its policy of highlighting attacks by Patriot Front guerrillas.
GV PAN Rocket damaged buildings in town
GV Crowd looking at bodies in ditch (5 shots)
SV PAN Villagers TO woman's body on ground (4 shots)
GV People looking at bodies (4 shots)
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Background: With just over two weeks before the start of the London conference on Zimbabwe Rhodesia, the Salisbury government has renewed its policy of highlighting attacks by Patriot Front guerrillas. For the first time in a year, newsmen have been taken to the scene of a mass killing... claimed to have been the result of a guerrilla attack.
SYNOPSIS: This is the town of Shabani in southern Zimbabwe Rhodesia. According to the government it was the target of a mortar and rocket attack by guerrillas from Robert Mugabe's wing of the Patriotic Front. Ten people were said to have died here. The newsmen were shown the bodies of five men lying in a drainage ditch near an African compound. Government officials said the five men and a women were captured shortly before the attack, taken away and shot at close range.
The body of the woman lay about a hundred yards (about 91 metres) away in scrubland. Her hands tied behind her back, she'd been shot through the chest. Four other people were also said to have been killed as the guerrillas advanced through the township.
The government officials said the aim of the attack was apparently to persuade people to leave their homes and disperse in the bush. Observers believe the government has highlighted the attack to discredit the Patriotic Front at the London conference.