Urban guerrillas attacked a police station in the black South African township of Soweto on Friday (2 November) killing two policemen and wounding a third.
Urban guerrillas attacked a police station in the black South African township of Soweto on Friday (2 November) killing two policemen and wounding a third. The guerrillas, armed with automatic rifles and grenades, carried out the raid shortly after midnight.
SYNOPSIS: The attack on Orlando police station as preceded by a bomb blast next to the charge office. According to official reports as policemen rushed outside they ran into a hail of bullets. Five officers were on duty at the time...two died in the attack and another was critically wounded. A journalist who was at the station when the attack came was also wounded. All the victims were black.
Hundreds of police reinforcements were rushed to the township and sealed off the area, but the guerrillas and already escaped. It was the second attack this year on a police station in Soweto, acknowledged as a tinderbox of black unrest in South Africa. In May one policeman was killed and five other people wounded when the Maroka station was hit.
Police claim the guerrillas are armed with Soviet made weapons and ammunition and are communist trained. They think many of he guerrillas were young men who fled Soweto in 1976 during the riots which saw 500 blacks killed.
During the attack on the Orlando station the guerrillas hurled at least four grenades and damage was extensive. After inspecting the area senior police and security officers warned more attacks were likely, despite the stringent precautions being taken. The guerrillas are said to have infiltrated from neighbouring black states.
The local Police commissioner for Riot Control, General Verster, shares the view that more attacks are inevitable. He claims the guerrillas are being controlled from the Soviet Union.