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    The first airline passengers from the Guinean capital of Conakry since the start of the weekend's reported invasion of the country, arrived in Abidjan on Monday (23rd November).

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    SCU Interviewer with couple

    ZOOM out baby on beside West German casualty. Interviewer


    SEQ. 1: REPORTER: "Mademoiselle, what is your name ?"

    ANSWER: "Jeannine."

    REPORTER: "And where are you from ?"

    ANSWER: "Perpignan."

    REPORTER: "First time in Africa ?"

    ANSWER: "No, second time."

    REPORTER: "Your aircraft, I take it, was the first to arrive in Conakry since the invasion. Did you notice anything particular at the airport ?"

    ANSWER: "No, nothing particular, except that they wouldn't let us get out of the aircraft. That's all. They made us stay on board."

    REPORTER: "Was that during the night ?"

    ANSWER: "No -- about seven p.m."

    REPORTER: "What did you see from the window ?"

    ANSWER: "Absolutely nothing."

    REPORTER: "Were there soldiers about ?"

    ANSWER: "I didn't notice. Didn't see a thing."

    REPORTER: "Did anybody enter the aircraft, or was it shut all the time ?"

    ANSWER: "No, the aircraft stayed open all the time and nobody came aboard.

    REPORTER: (to man): "You are from here ?"

    ANSWER: "No, just passing through."

    REPORTER: "And you were waiting for this aircraft here?"

    ANSWER: "Yes"

    REPORTER: "Were you afraid ?"

    ANSWER: "No."

    REPORTER: "You've heard the news from Conakry ?"

    ANSWER: "Yes"

    REPORTER: "And all the same ?"

    ANSWER: "I wasn't afraid, I was quite confident."

    REPORTER: "About what ?"

    ANSWER: "I didn't believe it all."

    REPORTER: "Had a good journey, then ?"

    ANSWER: "Yes, quite good."

    SEQ. 2: REPORTER: "If you could tell me briefly how this explosion came about directly outside your home. That was during the night from Saturday to Sunday ?"

    ANSWER: "I heard an explosion outside the house, got up to open the door. My wife with our little daughter followed me. And suddenly a frightful bang. We were shot at with a bazooka. We all fell to the ground, streaming with blood. My wife got the shock and ran off. I grabbed my little daughter, put her into bed and rushed to the telephone which was fortunately still in working order."

    REPORTER: "And looked after you medically, then ?"

    ANSWER: "It was a Czech doctor and a German doctor."

    REPORTER: "And now, I suppose, there's only one thought in your mind -- to get home as fast as possible ?"

    ANSWER: "Yes, to get home. Since four o'clock on Saturday morning we haven't slept; all those injections -- for five solid hours the doctors stitched me up. I can't keep track any more of what's hurting me -- practically everything."

    Initials JH/PN/CO/22.34 JH/PN/SGM/2309

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    Background: The first airline passengers from the Guinean capital of Conakry since the start of the weekend's reported invasion of the country, arrived in Abidjan on Monday (23rd November). Reporters at Abidjan airport asked some of the passengers for their impressions of the situation. The aircraft had been on a through flight which stopped at Conakry.

    The French passengers interviewed said they had seen little from the aircraft and were not allowed to get out and look round. Another French passenger said he did not believe all he had heard about the reported invasion by foreign mercenaries.

    Another passenger interviewed was a West German, Herr Deuringer, who had been wounded by an explosion near his house in Conakry. He told a reporter he and his family had been shot at with a bazooka. Herr Deuringer's wife was also injured by the blast, but their child was unharmed.

    A West German has been killed on Conakry, Count Ulf von Tiesenhausen, an employee of a West German business firm.

    President Sekou Toure of Guinea called on Wednesday (25 November) for immediate help from outside Africa to defeat what he called "Portugal's imperialist aggression."

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