• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    1.
    SV/GV Shattered car windscreen/damaged cars
    0.10

    2.
    CU Police station sign PULL BACK TO GV police station
    0.22

    3.
    SV Man looking into car
    0.30

    4.
    CU Police officer examining printed discs (3 shots)
    0.42

    5.
    SV Workers clearing debris from car
    0.48

    6.
    CU Policeman holding bullet
    0.53

    7.
    GV PAN Police station courtyard
    1.05

    8.
    GV Police chief leaving station
    1.12

    9.
    GV Police at station as crowd looks on (3 shots)
    1.30

    10.
    GV Official arriving at station
    1.44

    11.
    CU Chief of police, General Verster, speaking in English
    2.02

    VERSTER: "You must understand that the maestro who dictates urban terrorism in South Africa, sits in Moscow, and we are not always fully aware of his immediate plans.





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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: 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.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2XMVS0VSPV8NSUDRLI1SGRAT3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XMVS0VSPV8NSUDRLI1SGRAT3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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