The Rhodesian security forces say that in last week's raids on Nationalists bases inside Mozambique, they killed "hundreds" of guerrillas for the loss of two members of the Security Forces.
The Rhodesian security forces say that in last week's raids on Nationalists bases inside Mozambique, they killed "hundreds" of guerrillas for the loss of two members of the Security Forces. They have just (Monday 25 September) released official film of the raids.
SYNOPSIS: The troops were flown in from one of the military airfields near the Mozambique border. For security reasons, the Rhodesian have not named the exact location of the base from where the attack was launched, but it's clear the ground forces had full are support.
There appears to have been little resistance from guerrilla forces on the ground. The official Rhodesian communique said the troops also met armoured units of the regular Mozambique army, in their sweep across country.
reports from Rhodesia say that although the raised appeared at first to be in retaliation for the shooting down of the airliner three weeks ago, the real motivation was in intelligence report which claimed 4,000 guerrillas were massing on the Mozambique border ready to launch a full scale assault into Rhodesia. It was to counter this that the Rhodesians moved in.
The Rhodesians say the raids were an outstanding success. Not only did they destroy food supplies, as well as large quantities of arms and ammunition, but they gained additional intelligence about the guerrillas' future intentions. They have given no further details, but they claim the guerrillas in these bases were trained in Tanzania, and only arrived din the area three weeks ago.
In the wake of the raids, martial law has been declared in certain areas of Rhodesia. Military courts have been set up with powers to impose death sentences on those who recruit or help guerrillas. These latest tough moves by the Rhodesian make the possibility of all-party talks increasingly remote.