The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, who is back in Salisbury from the Geneva talks?
The Rhodesian Premier, Mr. Ian Smith, who is back in Salisbury from the Geneva talks on Rhodesia's future has said Security Forces would continue to foray into Mozambique if terrorists continued to attack from across the border.
SYNOPSIS: The day before Mr. Smith returned from the deadlocked talks in Geneva, the Rhodesian town of Umtali near the Mozambique border came under rocket attack. The five rockets were reported to have come from across the border. The attack was apparently in retaliation to anti-guerrilla raids into Mozambique territory by Rhodesian forces. The rocket attack was reported to have caused minimal damage and no casualties.
One of the rockets that fell in Umtali's main street failed to explode. The rocket had passed almost directly over the army headquarters for the entire Eastern Highlands operational area. Rhodesian Army sappers dug for five tense hours before they could attach a clamp to the rocket and haul it from its five foot (1.5 metre) deep hole.
Of the other rockets, one hit the grounds of a girls school, one landed on a golf course, and the other two fell in outlying areas. The un-exploded rocket was reported to have had Soviet markings. Bomb disposal experts took it away for examination and destruction. Two days after the rocket attack, Security Forces Headquarters in Salisbury announced that in the preceding three days, ten guerrillas had been killed. Three Africans were killed by insurgents, and two by Rhodesian troops.