Five African 'frontline, states meeting in the Angolan capital of Luanda denounced Rhodesian raids into Black Africa in their communique issued at the end of a two-day summit on Sunday (4 March).
SV PAN Injured man being carried on stretcher to waiting aircraft.
SV ZOOM INTO SCU Injured man with plasma drip being loaded onto aircraft.
SV ZOOM INTO CU Angolan soldiers filling in grave.
GV PAN Splintered trees TO damaged building.
SV Camp bell PULL OUT TO GV damaged building.
CU Debris on floor PULL OUT TO GV damaged interior and roof of camp building. (2 SHOTS)
Rhodesia's latest attack into Black african territory took place on Thursday (1 March) when planes bombed alleged guerrilla installations two hundred and fifty kilometres (one hundred and fifty miles) inside Mozambique.
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Background: Five African 'frontline, states meeting in the Angolan capital of Luanda denounced Rhodesian raids into Black Africa in their communique issued at the end of a two-day summit on Sunday (4 March). They went on to condemn the forthcoming elections in Rhodesia, calling on the international community, particularly the United Nations, to strengthen sanctions against Rhodesia. Since mid-February Rhodesia has carried out raids on what the government believes to be guerrilla bases of the Patriotic Front in Zambia, Angola and Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: Angolan authorities say the raid, at the end of February, was on a refugee camp and Patriotic Front training school thirty kilometres (twenty miles) from the eastern provincial capital of Lwena. The Rhodesians used ageing Canberra bombers flying at low levels over hostile territory to avoid radar detection. Casualties on the ground were claimed to be one hundred and ninety-two dead with nearly a thousand injured. Many of the wounded were flown to Luanda for treatment.
The raid was the first into Angolan territory. Rhodesian officials have firmly denied that they used Mirage jets borrowed from South Africa for the one thousand kilometre (six hundred and twenty- five mile) flight. They claim the camp was the main training centre for Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA). ZIPRA has promised disruption of the April elections planned by Rhodesia's Transitional government.
White Rhodesian joint Foreign Minister, Pieter Van Der Byl, says cross-border operations will continue against countries harbouring guerrillas. The Transitional government believes the strikes are an essential safeguard for the forthcoming elections. The camp restaurant was the worst-hit building in the attack and authorities there say sixty unexploded bombs are lying in the surrounding area.