British troops, members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, yesterday (Wednesday) uncovered a chache of terrorist arms in the Crater district of Aden.
British troops, members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, yesterday (Wednesday) uncovered a chache of terrorist arms in the Crater district of Aden. The arms consisted mainly of Soviet-made impact grenades.
The troops took the opportunity to intensify their search for arms on the first day of a strike called by the nationalist Front for the Liberation of South Yemen (FLOSY). (Later the strike was called off, after achieving only limited success).
Crater was unusually quiet as the soldiers closed in on a hut in which they suspected the grenades were hidden.
Lance Corporal Douglas Pearson climbed through a window of the hut and broke down the door from the inside. Other soldiers, heavily armed, followed and began to uncover the grenades. They were Soviet made FG4 impact grenades.
Inside, apart from the grenades, they found FLOSY banners and portraits of President Nasser.
One report said it was the biggest arms find since the Argylls took over the job of policing Crater.
SYNOPSIS: One box contained 26 of the grenades, all clearly marked with the Soviet imprint. The arms raid was a success for the British troops, but the strike proved something of a failure for its FLOSY organisers. Shortly after it was called the strike was abandoned, having achieved only limited success.
The 12,000 British troops in the Aden area are presently going ahead with a phased withdrawal from the strife-torn territory. They are all due to leave by January 9 next year, when South Arabia becomes independent.