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    A 54-year-old African woman who died in cross-fire between Rhodesian nationalist guerrillas and security forces was buried near Salisbury on Wednesday (26 May) as road blocks were set up in the area.

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    A 54-year-old African woman who died in cross-fire between Rhodesian nationalist guerrillas and security forces was buried near Salisbury on Wednesday (26 May) as road blocks were set up in the area.

    The woman had been visiting her parents in a nearby kraal and was returning at dusk when she got caught in the shooting. Her son told Visnews she was shot twice.

    After three days of praying and mourning, she was buried after a Roman Catholic service, attended by hundreds of mourners.

    Meanwhile, police have set up a road block just 25 kilometres (15 miles) from Salisbury on the main road to the farming centre of Shamva.

    That was the area in which the woman died and if guerrillas are in the region, observers say that it is about the closest yet they have come to the capital in order to carry out a attacks. It has been a traditional hot bed of nationalist activity for many years and the road runs, under several names, to the Mozambique border in an unbroken stretch of African rural territory.

    The incident also resulted in the temporary closure of the Mermaids Pool resort, a popular weekend meeting place for Salisbury youth.

    SYNOPSIS: Police road block have been set up about 15 miles from the Rhodesian capital of Salisbury, after clashes were reported between security forces and nationalist guerrillas on Sunday. The road leads to the farming centre of Shamva,traditionally a hot bed for nationalist activity. It skirts the Mangwende tribal trust land, which runs, under several names, to the Mozambique border.

    Report of the clash on Sunday are widely varied, but if guerrillas are in the region, observers say that it's about the closest yet they have come to the capital to carry out attacks.

    A 54-year-old African woman was killed by cross-fire during the clash and on Wednesday hundreds of mourners gathered for her funeral near Salisbury.

    The woman had been visiting her parents in a nearby kraal and was returning at duck when she got caught in the shooting. Her son is reported to have said she was shot twice.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC1X7F3UUBUUI4XADVY78X5D9D
    Media URN:
    VLVAC1X7F3UUBUUI4XADVY78X5D9D
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
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    N/A

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