• Short Summary

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE NOW FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN PORT HARCOURT -- BIGGEST CITY OF THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION BIAFRA -- BUT FIERCE FIGHTING IS STILL RAGING.

  • Description

    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE NOW FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN PORT HARCOURT -- BIGGEST CITY OF THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION BIAFRA -- BUT FIERCE FIGHTING IS STILL RAGING. TWO BIAFRAN DIVISIONS ARE SAID TO BE BATTLING IT OUT WITH THE LAGOS TROOPS. REPORTS INDICATE THAT THE FIGHTING FOLLOWS A SPIRITED COUNTER-ATTACK BY THE BIAFRANS, FOR WHOM THE CONTROL OF PORT HARCOURT IS VITAL.

    TROOPS OF THE FEDERAL ARMY'S THIRD COMMANDO DIVISION MOVED INTO THE CITY LAST SUNDAY. DURING THE PREVIOUS TWO DAYS THEY HAD TAKEN THE CITY'S AIRPORT AND DEPRIVED THE BIAFRANS OF SUPPLIES AND ARMS. THE INVADING FORCES TOOK POSSESSION OF SEVERAL ANCIENT MILITARY AIRCRAFT WHICH HAD BEEN THE MAINSTAY OF THE BIAFRAN AIRFORCE. THEY TOOK A NUMBER OF PRISONERS INCLUDING TWO EUROPEANS. THE EUROPEANS WERE AT FIRST ASSUMED TO BE MERCENARIES AND WERE BADLY BEATEN. THERE ARE INDICATIONS, HOWEVER, THAT THE MEN WERE BRITISH BUSINESS EXECUTIVES AND THAT FOR THE FEDERAL FORCES IT WAS "A CASE OF MISTAKEN IDENTITY".

    DURING THE WEEKEND, THE ATTACKERS POURED BARRAGE AFTER BARRAGE OF ARTILLERY FIRE INTO PORT HARCOURT FROM A RANGE OF LESS THAN EIGHT MILES (13 KMS). THE FEDERAL TROOPS ALSO TOOK CONTROL OF THE GBP10-MILLION STERLING SHELL OIL REFINERY AT OKRINA, WHICH IS ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF PORT HARCOURT. SEVERAL OF THE FUEL TANKS HAD BEEN DESTROYED BY FIRE BUT MOST OF THEM REMAINED INTACT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7YNO072RHERIF5L7Q11IXD3J5
    Media URN:
    VLVA7YNO072RHERIF5L7Q11IXD3J5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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