• Short Summary

    Six men were captured and a number of arms confiscated by Chad security forces in Fort Lamy on Monday night (5 June).

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    Six men were captured and a number of arms confiscated by Chad security forces in Fort Lamy on Monday night (5 June). The next day the captured arms were put on display. They included eleven machine guns, nine revolvers, eleven grenades, ammunition, TNT and fuses.

    Fifteen thousand people viewed the weapons and heard Colonel Djogo Gatougo, head of President Francois Tombalbaye's military staff, say that the arrested men had confessed that they had planned to attack the capital's power facility and broadcasting station.

    Colonel Gatougo said that the leaders of the plot were Mahamat Abba, a former political prisoners freed by President Tombalbaye, and Jean-Claude Gentil, now known as Major-General Emile of the Chad Liberation Front, a guerrilla organisation in rebellion since 1968.

    SYNOPSIS: Captured weapons were displayed Tuesday in Fort Lamy, the capital of Chad. The arms had been taken when security forces in the capital captured six men they say were on a terrorist mission to blow up the power facility and radio station. A crowd of fifteen thousand people came out to view the display of eleven machine guns, nine revolvers, eleven grenades, dynamite and fuses.

    Colonel Djogo Gatougo, head of President Francois Tombalbaye's military staff, told the crowd that the men had confessed.

    He explained to the crowd how the weapons were to be used and who he thought was responsible for the attack. Colonel Gatougo said that the leaders of the plot were Mahamat Abba, a former political prisoner freed by President Tombalbaye, and Jean-Claude Gentil, now known as Major-General Emile of the Chad Liberation Front. President Tombalbaye escaped a coup d'etat in August of 1971 which, it was alleged, was supported by Libya. The Chad Liberation Front, a guerrilla organisation, has been carrying out actions to overthrow the present regime since 1968.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA51C4SD6R8EE4MGLGM5MDWXC2H
    Media URN:
    VLVA51C4SD6R8EE4MGLGM5MDWXC2H
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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