The Rhodesian security forces say that two black guerrillas killed at Grand Reef near Umtali on Thursday (10 August) were among those responsible for the massacre of nine British missionaries and four children nearly two months ago, at the Elim Pentecostal Mission.
MV EXTERIOR: bodies of guerrillas laid out on ground
MVs: weapons and ammunition of dead guerrillas laid out on (3 shots)
GV: newsmen and police officers, with bodies in fore front.
MVs: police detective inspector Bryan Rogers making statement with bodies laid out nearby. (3 shots)
MVs: policemen and newsmen looking at bodies. (4 shots)
ROGERS (SEQ 4): "Previous information available to us has given indication of the names of the two sections responsible. Documents found on the bodies of two deceased clearly indicate that they were one of the two sets that we were looking for and the description of the massacre in the notebooks satisfies me that they were involved."
REPORTER: "The descriptions using the knobkerries and the axes?"
ROGERS: "Using the knobkerries and the axes. The fact that babies were killed and twelve were killed. Possibly they thought the thirteenth woman had managed to escape, I don't know."
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Background: The Rhodesian security forces say that two black guerrillas killed at Grand Reef near Umtali on Thursday (10 August) were among those responsible for the massacre of nine British missionaries and four children nearly two months ago, at the Elim Pentecostal Mission. The 13 whites were savagely beaten and hacked to death at the mission, close to Rhodesia's border with Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: The two black guerrillas, one about twenty years old and the other about thirty, were killed during a clash with Rhodesian troops.
They carried Communist-made AK-47 rifles and some grenades.
Rhodesian Police Detective Bryan Rogers linked the two men to the Elim Pentecostal Mission massacre.
Detective Rogers went on to say that the two guerrillas were members of the Zimbabwe African National Union, the movement lead by Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe. Mr Rogers said the men were carrying ZANU propaganda. But the widespread disagreement continues about who was responsible for the massacres and others which have occurred in Rhodesia in the last few months.