Guerrillas who fired shells on the Rhodesian eastern border town of Umtali on Thursday night (7 September) were being pursued Friday (8 September) by security forces in the country's northern territory.
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Maputo Radio, monitored in London, said on Friday (8 September) that British and American envoys John Graham and Stephen Low had arrived in the Mozambique capital to hold talks with Rhodesian Patriotic Front co-leader Robert Mugabe. The two men have been in Salisbury, where they have met leaders of the transitional government in efforts to arrange an all-party conference on Rhodesia. Meanwhile, flags flew at half-mat throughout Rhodesia as a mark of respect for the victims of the Air Rhodesia crash near Kariba last Sunday (3 September) in which 48 people died. The Rhodesian Government has accused Zambian-based guerrillas of Joshua Nkomo of massacring ten of the crash survivors.
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Background: Guerrillas who fired shells on the Rhodesian eastern border town of Umtali on Thursday night (7 September) were being pursued Friday (8 September) by security forces in the country's northern territory. It was the first attack on the town made by guerrillas from inside Rhodesia. Two other attacks made in the past two years were make from inside Mozambique, and were, blamed on the Frelimo forces.
SYNOPSIS: Thursday night's ten-minute bombardment sent more than two dozen eighty-two millimetre shells into the city centre, wounding two civilians. The guerrilla group, thought to number more than twenty, was positioned on a hilltop just over a mile (2 kilometres) from the centre of Umtali. Residents were forced to retreat to shelters, or to put out lights and take cover in inside rooms of their homes as the shells pounded the town. One missile scored a direct hit on an empty police house, burning it out, and at least four vehicles were hit.
A Security Forces spokesman later said the guerrillas, who support Robert Mugabe's patriotic Front, had broken off the attack themselves, and were being tracked by troops.