• Short Summary

    Despite reports of major offensives against them by the Portuguese army, guerrilla fighters of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- have maintained their policy of harassing the army in areas adjoining Tanzania and Zambia.

  • Description

    Despite reports of major offensives against them by the Portuguese army, guerrilla fighters of the Mozambique Liberation Front -- Frelimo -- have maintained their policy of harassing the army in areas adjoining Tanzania and Zambia. The guerrilla organisation has been fighting the Portuguese army in Mozambique for the past six years. Recently, the army has adopted an offensive role, making large scale sweeps through suspected guerrilla positions in jungle areas.

    Frelimo claims to have 18-thousand active followers -- a guerrilla army of 8,000 men and people's militia of 10,000. The guerrillas operate from bases in Tanzania and Zambia, entering Mozambique at remote crossing points. The role of the guerrillas is to capture new areas, while the task of the people's militia is to maintain security in so-called `liberated' areas.

    The guerrillas are well equipped with Soviet made weapons. They also claim to have captured a quantity of Portuguese arms.

    The Portuguese authorities in Mozambique have recently claimed top level defections from Frelimo, the latest Manuel Katur, the chief of a tribal clan in northern Mozambique. The Portuguese authorities hope that Katur's desertion will lead to other defections.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAC0DUHH9EY2BUZPVZTLKNYMM9O
    Media URN:
    VLVAC0DUHH9EY2BUZPVZTLKNYMM9O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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