Rhodesian security forces have killed 114 guerillas since the start of the year, according to Mr.
Rhodesian security forces have killed 114 guerillas since the start of the year, according to Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, special adviser on security to Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith. He said they have lost 14 men during the same period.
At a news conference in Salisbury on Friday (26 March), Mr. Sutton-Pryce listed recent clashes between security forces and guerillas and alleged atrocities committed by the opposing side.
He said Rhodesian aircraft had been fired on near the Mozambique border, farms and stores had been attacked, tribesmen murdered, abducted and assaulted and a bus and a truck set on fire.
He claimed the incidents had taken place in north-east and eastern Rhodesia. Mr. Sutton-Pryce, a former British Army major, said there were about 700 Soviet-armed guerillas inside Rhodesia.
He said reports that 15,000 nationalist guerillas were training in Mozambique were exaggerated. According to Rhodesia's own intelligence reports there were about 1,500 fully trained, and another 6,000 half trained men.
SYNOPSIS: At this press conference in Salisbury on Friday, Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, special adviser on security to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith forecast that the country faced its "roughest and toughest" year ever. He listed to newsmen some alleged atrocities committed by nationalist guerillas.