• Short Summary

    ARMED POLICE AIDED BY HELICOPTERS ARE MAKING INTENSIVE SEARCH IN THE HARTLEY AREA OF RHODESIA, WHERE A WHITE FARMER AND HIS WIFE WERE SHOT DOWN BY GUNMEN ON MONDAY (16 MAY).

  • Description

    ARMED POLICE AIDED BY HELICOPTERS ARE MAKING INTENSIVE SEARCH IN THE HARTLEY AREA OF RHODESIA, WHERE A WHITE FARMER AND HIS WIFE WERE SHOT DOWN BY GUNMEN ON MONDAY (16 MAY).

    POLICE RESERVISTS WERE CALLED OUT TO JOIN TROOPS AND REGULAR POLICE PATROLS SEARCHING FOR THE GUNMEN WHO KILLED MR. JOHANNES VILJOEN AND HIS WIFE AND THEIR LONELY FARMHOUSE IN THE HARTLEY DISTRICT. THE VILJOENS CHILDREN ESCAPED.

    SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE BEING INTERROGATED, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARREST. THE 30-YEAR-OLD COUPLE WERE SHOT DOWN IN THE DOORWAY OF THEIR FARMHOUSE, AND POLICE BELIEVE THAT THE PEOPLE WHO OPENED FIRE WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WERE AFRICAN NATIONALISTS WHO ENTERED RHODESIA FROM ZAMBIA.

    THE ZAMBIAN HEADQUARTERS OF THE ZIMBABWE AFRICAN NATIONAL UNION, ONE OF RHONESIA'S TWO BANNED NATIONALIST PARTIES CLAIMED THAT THEY WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTACK.

    A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER SAID THAT PAMPHLETS ISSUED BY ZANU HAD BEEN FOUND OUTSIDE THE FARMHOUSE, WHERE BULLETS HOLES MARKED DOORS AND WALLS. POLICE ALSO FOUND CARTRIDGE CASES OF THE TYPE USED IN RUSSIAN-MANUFACTURING WEAPONS LIKE THOSE CAPTURED AFTER A BATTLE BETWEEN SECURITY FORCES AND AN ARMED AFRICAN GANG LAST MONTH.

    PATROLS OF POLICE AND SOLDIERS ARE COMBING THE BUSH AROUND HARTLEY, A TINY FARMING CENTRE 60 MILES (96 KILOMETRES) FROM SALISBURY. THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY HELICOPTERS SEARCHING FOR TRACKS AND CARRYING THE PATROLS INTO THE SEARCH AREA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB7OQOWUSW1DD582MGY29KAYEI
    Media URN:
    VLVAB7OQOWUSW1DD582MGY29KAYEI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/05/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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