In Zambia, hundreds of black nationalists were killed or wounded on Thursday (19 October) when Rhodesian mounted a ground and air attack on a transit camp near Lusaka.
In Zambia, hundreds of black nationalists were killed or wounded on Thursday (19 October) when Rhodesian mounted a ground and air attack on a transit camp near Lusaka. The camp, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the Zambian capital, is run by Rhodesian nationalist leader, Joshua Nkomo. He says 226 unarmed refugees were killed and more than 600 wounded in the strike. The Rhodesian transitional government claims the camp was used to train Patriotic Frond guerrillas, but Mr. Nkomo has denied this, saying it was used for Rhodesian refugees and the sick.
SYNOPSIS: Hundreds of Lusaka residents lined the streets to watch Zambian police vehicles ferrying the wounded to hospitals in the capital. Medical sources said there was a critical shortage of blood and two wards in Lusaka's university teaching hospital were overflowing with the wounded. Beds were in short supply and the injured crowded the hallways. For most Zambians, it was the first time they could see for themselves the harsh realities of the Rhodesian guerrilla war.
After the raid, nationalists commandeered civil vehicles passing near the camp to help carry the wounded into Lusaka. The Rhodesian attack began at breakfast-time on Thursday morning when Zambians heard a series of explosions echoing through the capital. Eyewitnesses said at least five jet aircraft attacked the camp, bombing and strafing. Mr. Nkomo said two of the aircraft were Hawker Hunters, while the rest were Mirage fighters.