Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces claim they have destroyed the main Patriotic Front guerrilla base in Mozambique.?
GV Zimbabwe Rhodesian troops on truck driving through bush inside Mozambique
SV Soldier tips out canned foods from box
CU Weapons in crate marked with stencil reading Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) (2 SHOTS)
GV Bomb explodes in bush
SV ZOOM IN Zimbabwe Rhodesian soldiers standing next to captured weapons and anti-aircraft gun (4 SHOTS)
SV Dead 'Guerrilla' lying in bush
SV Zimbabwe Rhodesian soldiers clear belongings and clothing and throw them onto fire (2 SHOTS)
SV Soldiers load captured supplier on truck (2 SHOTS)
Mozambique's Minister of Transport and Communications, Jose Cabaco, has stressed the main target of the Zimbabwe Rhodesian attacks earlier in September was the Mozambique economy. Those attacks, he said, concentrated on the Limpopo Valley --known as the 'granary of Mozambique'. The Limpopo Valley produces over eighty per cent of the nation's rice, as well as vegetables and meat for urban centres.
NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the latest raid into Mozambique contained in this commentary is based on press reports censored by the Zimbabwe Rhodesian military authorities.
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Background: Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces claim they have destroyed the main Patriotic Front guerrilla base in Mozambique. The four-day operation was one of the longest ever mounted into a neighbouring black state, and was the 25th staged so far this year. Military authorities claimed the base belonged to the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army -- or ZANLA -- which is headed by Robert Mugabe.
SYNOPSIS: The ??? began at down(on Thursday 27 September). Ground troops moved across the Mozambique border to follow-up an air strike on the guerrilla base. The Zimbabwe Rhodesian soldiers destroyed large quantities of food supplies and captured weapons -- including anti-aircraft guns, small arms and ammunition. Military installations were blown up.
Salisbury military commanders said the base was a massive complex of bunkers and trenches under thick tree cover. They claimed there was strong evidence that it was the work of Soviet military experts. Two security force members were killed in the attack and military officials admitted they had encountered 'unusually stiff resistance'. They did not say how many ZANLA guerrillas had died.
Zimbabwe Rhodesia also attacked targets inside Mozambique in early September. Maputo officials then estimated the damage at about seventeen million pounds (about thirty-seven million U.S. dollars).
Reporters were taken to the scene of the latest raid -- about twenty kilometres from the frontier. Salisbury military officials told them that the base had houses about a thousand guerrillas -- all belonging to Robert Mugabe's ZANLA organisation.