The raid by Rhodesian armed forces on guerrilla bases in Zambia on 6 March was carried out in self-defence, the officer in change of the operation has explained.
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WALLS: "We watched this base for days. We saw them preparing for an incursion. We hoped it wouldn't take place because of the political developments in this country, but once the incursion had been launched, we had no option but to take self defence measures to stop it."
WALLS: "One of the documents we captured was an operation order issued by the second battalion the Zambia regiment. I have it here. It is copy number one of six. The reference is there. It is dated the 24th of February. Under the situation paragraph One B it says Two ZR plan is reinforce the terrorists at Kavulananje. The mission is stated to be to ambush the enemy - that's us - to foil his attack on terrorists at Kauvlananje. The operation order is signed by E.N. Kabita, Lieutenant Colonel, the commanding Officer of the Second battalion of the Zambian Regiment".
In the programme, an unidentified Rhodesian Squadron Leader claimed Rhodesian troops had clashed twice with regular Zambian troops. The attack came three days after the Rhodesian Prime Minister Mr. Ian Smith signed the pact designed to bring about black majority rule in Rhodesia by the end of the year. Tension along Rhodesia's 450-mile border with zambia has escalated in the past 18 months, with more than 30 incidents across the Zambezi River. This raid was the first that Rhodesia has publically admitted against Zambia, although they have carried out several similar pre-emptive raids against guerrilla bases in Mozambique.
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Background: The raid by Rhodesian armed forces on guerrilla bases in Zambia on 6 March was carried out in self-defence, the officer in change of the operation has explained. Speaking in an interview with the Rhodesian. Broadcasting Corporation, Lieutenant-General Peter Walls said the guerrillas had been planning an attack and documents captured in the raid indicated they were receiving military assistance from regular Zambian troops.
SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant-General Walls said the Rhodesian forces killed at least 42 guerrillas for the loss of one of their soldiers in the raid. Zambia has complained to the United Nations about the raid. These arms are captured during the assault. Lieutenant-General Walls said evidence had been gained in the raid indicating Zambia was aiding the guerrillas.