• Short Summary

    Attacks by guerillas, said to be a joint force of former rival Rhodesian nationalist movements, have resulted in the closure of the main road from Rhodesia to South Africa and the interruption of the main rail link for 24 hours.

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    Attacks by guerillas, said to be a joint force of former rival Rhodesian nationalist movements, have resulted in the closure of the main road from Rhodesia to South Africa and the interruption of the main rail link for 24 hours.

    Three South African holiday makers were shot dead on the Beitbridge Road, about 60 miles from the border, and an explosion nearby, damaged a section of the railway line to Beitbridge. The explosion also derailed a train.

    The railway line has carried most of Rhodesia's imports and exports since Mozambique closed its border early last month. The country's only other trade outlet, a railway line through Botswana, could not easily be geared to increase its capacity.

    The death of the South Africans has resulted in a major manhunt for the killers, and the Beitbridge road, has been closed to regular traffic. Convoys are being allowed through, but only during daylight hours. Travellers are being diverted to the other main road which runs to the border through Bulawayo.

    The attack will frighten many potential South African tourists from visiting Rhodesia. Tourism is one of the main sources of Rhodesia's foreign exchange and the Rhodesian authorities have, in the past, stressed that the tourist routes from South Africa are safe from guerilla attack.

    SYNOPSIS: This train was derailed following an explosion on the main rail link between South Africa and Rhodesia on Monday. In another guerilla attack in the same area, three South African holiday makers were shot dead.

    The attacks are said to be the work of a joint force of former rival Rhodesian nationalist movements and took place on the Beitbridge road on the Rhodesian side of the border. The explosion closed the rail link for 24 hours. Train crews have now asked for military protection and the line is no longer being used after night-fall.

    The killings have resulted in a massive manhunt for the guerillas.

    The Beitbridge road has been closed to regular traffic. Convoys are being allowed through during daylight hours only.

    Travellers are being diverted to the other main road, which runs to the border through Bulawayo. The attack will frighten many potential South African tourists from visiting Rhodesia. Tourism is one of the country's main sources of scarce foreign exchange, and in the past authorities have stressed that the tourist routes from South africa are free from guerilla attack.

    But the major effect of the attacks has been to illustrate the vulnerability of the rail link. It has carried most of Rhodesia's imports and exports since Mozambique closed its border early last month. The only other outlet, a railway line through Botswana doesn't carry the same capacity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAENL5PV3Z3HD43IJEVWAWRDRLJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAENL5PV3Z3HD43IJEVWAWRDRLJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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