Regardless of current peace moves, Rhodesian police have formed two special units to combat the guerrillas in the drawn-out war with the black African Rhodesians nationalists.
SALISBURY, RHODESIA. MV: Security forces helicopter hovers over rooftop while ropes secured. (2 shots)
MVs: members of special anti-terrorist squad lowered onto roof and take up positions in exercise. (5 shots)
MV: anti-terrorist squad member lowered down building and into building through window. (3 shots)
MVs: police searching building interior. (4 shots)
CU and MV: members of anti-terrorist squad talking outside building. (2 shots)
Since the nationalists launched the current guerrilla war in December, 1972 a total of 1,665 guerrillas have been killed, according to a Rhodesian security forces communique issued on Friday (8 October).
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Background: Regardless of current peace moves, Rhodesian police have formed two special units to combat the guerrillas in the drawn-out war with the black African Rhodesians nationalists.
SYNOPSIS: One unite is based in Salisbury, where a 30-man squad is undergoing intensive training in some unconventional methods for dealing with guerrillas. The force is based on the ida of the SWAT squads -- special weapons and tactics units formed by many police forces throughout the world to meet the threat of terrorism and guerrilla warfare. The force is primarily for use in an urban environment -- reflecting the concern of the security forces that the guerrillas may try and stage a spectacular incident in a heavily populated area.
In particular, the Rhodesian police say, they fear an attempt to take hostages as hijack or siege situations. So far the force hasn't been called upon to fight. However, it's already been called out over 60 times, mainly to the black African townships around Salisbury, and twice after two recent bomb explosions in the city.
The raids followed information given to police, and as a result several guerrilla suspects have been arrested. The second unit in the force is based in Bulawayo, Rhodesia's only other city. All anti-guerrilla activities. The only specialists are the snipers. The decision to form the special anti-guerrilla units was taken some time before the current Anglo-American peace moves got underway. But the authorities say they have no intention of disbanding them.