• Short Summary

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS AND BIAFRAN FORCES ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE STRATEGIC CITY OF ONITSHA, WHICH LIES ON THE NIGER RIVER.

  • Description

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS AND BIAFRAN FORCES ARE STILL FIGHTING FOR COMPLETE CONTROL OF THE STRATEGIC CITY OF ONITSHA, WHICH LIES ON THE NIGER RIVER.

    ONITSHA, A ONCE BUSTLING SPRAWLING MARKET TOWN AND KEY CENTRE OF SECESSIONIST BIAFRA, WAS ENTERED BY FEDERAL TROOPS THREE WEEKS AGO BUT THE BIAFRANS STILL CLING TO PARTS OF THE CITY. NIGERIAN AND BIAFRAN MORTARS POUND EACH OTHER AND OFTEN THERE ARE CLOSE RANGE GUN DUELS IN THE OUTER SUBURBS. ONITSHA'S CIVILIAN POPULATION APPEARS TO HAVE FLED THE CITY OR SOUGHT HIDING PLACES. WATER AND ELECTRICITY SUPPLIES HAVE BEEN CUT OFF SO ANY INHABITANTS WHO ARE HIDING ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME.

    THE CAPTURE OF ONITSHA IS VITALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES. WHEN THEY CONTROL THE CITY COMPLETELY THEY CAN POUR IN REINFORCEMENTS FOR A MAJOR ASSAULT ON REMAINING BIAFRAN CENTRES OF RESISTANCE. AT THE MOMENT THE FEDERAL TROOPS ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME MOVING SUPPLIES ALONG THE HIGHWAY FROM ONITSHA TO ENUGU, THE CAPTURED BIAFRAN CAPITAL. THE FEDERAL TROOPS CAPTURED A LOT OF BIAFRAN EQUIPMENT IN THEIR ASSAULT ON ONITSHA BUT THE BIAFRANS HAVE ALSO CLAIMED SUCCESS. THEY SAY THAT THEY HAVE CAPTURED ABOUT 85 TONS OF BRITISH AND RUSSIAN EQUIPMENT AFTER AMBUSHING A FEDERAL NIGERIAN DIVISION NEAR ONITSHA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA30T46KLLHRFAX09OA7IF0YR18
    Media URN:
    VLVA30T46KLLHRFAX09OA7IF0YR18
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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