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    INTRODUCTION: Major Reid-Daly, the Commanding Officer of the Selous in Rhodesia, has said it is "totally untrue" that his men were responsible for the deaths of missionaries.

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    GV: Selous Scouts on patrol.

    SV: scouts attending to their horses.

    GV: Selous scouts training on horseback, watched by instructors. at Inkomo Barracks, near Salisbury, Rhodesia. (5 shots)

    SV: commanding officer Major Reid-Daly being interviewed.

    CU: Major Reid-Daly speaking.

    SV: Reid-Daly interview continues

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 5: REID-DAILY: "I volunteered for a speel in the Far East as part of the Commonwealth effort in the Malayan campaign. The Rhodesians formed a squadron in the British S.A.S. and I was with them for two years, and this of course, was a tremendous training ground for me, and gave me a very good background to the knowledge I have at this time on soldiering in general."

    SEQ 4 & 6: REPORTER: "Your men have been accused by African nationalists of killing missionaries in this country. Have you any comment on this?"

    REID-DALY: "Yes, we don't like this sort of news at all. This is totally untrue, totally unjustified, and I think it's a very feeble attempt on behalf of the terrorists and their henchmen to switch the heat on us. We have a certain mystique, I must say, because we keep a very tight security on the unit. We don't like our African members in particular being known by face or name, and I think this has led to rumour-mongering and speculation, and this has been seized upon by the opposition as a very good means of covering up their own brutalities."

    REPORTER: "Major Reid-Daly, thank you."

    REID-DALY: "Thank you very much."


    The S.A.S., to which Major Reid-Daly refers, is the Special Air Service Regiment of the British Army. Selous is pronounced Sa-loo.

    Initials RH/JH/AH/1900

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: INTRODUCTION: Major Reid-Daly, the Commanding Officer of the Selous in Rhodesia, has said it is "totally untrue" that his men were responsible for the deaths of missionaries.

    The Charges was made by Mr. Robert Mugabe, one of the leaders of the African nationalist Patriotic Front, after the killing of two priests, a lay brother and four nuns at St. Paul's Roman Catholic mission, Musami, early last month. T he Rhodesian police laid the blame on members of the Zimbabwe African National Union, which is under Mr. Mugabe's control. But Mr. Mugabe said that on the contrary, the Rhodesian Army was responsible, and he believed the killings had been carried out by the Selous Scouts.

    SYNOPSIS: The Selous Scouts are an elite fighting unit of the Rhodesian Army, and include both black and white troopers. Their main function is the gathering of intelligence in forward military areas.

    They are a mounted unit, and train at Inkomo Barracks, near Salisbury. The Scouts are named after a famous British explorer and hunter Frederick Courteney Selous, who made pioneering journeys in south-central African when it was being opened to the outside world in the late nineteenth century. His travels added substantially to the knowledge of what later became Rhodesia. It is not the first time the Scouts have been accused of murder by the nationalist. They were also blamed for the deaths of three missionaries in an ambush near Bulawayo last December. The Rhodesian government said guerrillas were responsible for this incident.

    Their Rhodesian-born Commanding Officer, Major Reid-Daly, described his qualifications and experience:

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