• Short Summary

    Federal Nigerian authorities were today (Sunday) continuing investigations into the origin of the aircraft shot down over Lagos yesterday, amid conflicting reports that Enugu, capital if the breakaway Eastern Region, is still in rebel hands.

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    Wreckage; bodies in mortuary; crowds; damaged building; police; mounted police chasing crowd.




    Initials GEM/VS/CCT/OS



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Federal Nigerian authorities were today (Sunday) continuing investigations into the origin of the aircraft shot down over Lagos yesterday, amid conflicting reports that Enugu, capital if the breakaway Eastern Region, is still in rebel hands.

    Anti-aircraft fire brought the aircraft down in flames over a Lagos suburb, and officials said it was bomber on a mission for the so-called independent state of Biafra. Reporters and cameramen were allowed to see the mutilated bodies of the aircraft's crew, and confirmed that four of them were white and four black.

    The Federal authorities claim that the whites were mercenaries. But there is uncertainly on where the aircraft could have started its mission......Federal forces claim to be in control of all suitable airfields in the Eastern Region. A Reuter report from Enugu today said that the city was still under rebel control, despite claims in Lagos that it had been occupied and all resistance ended.

    The wreckage of the aircraft is scattered around the streets and buildings, some of them damaged, that it hit when it crashed. Investigators are collecting fragments to use in their efforts to determine its origin, and have appealed to souvenir hunter to return any pieces they may have removed.

    Yesterday mounted police were actively preventing big crowds from sifting though the wreckage.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAALXLNKBPFL5QSPCDD7GXU453
    Media URN:
    VLVAAALXLNKBPFL5QSPCDD7GXU453
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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