President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Zaire Republic attended large-scale manoeuvres of the Zaire army and air force in Kinole on friday (July 21).
SV Mobutu out of helicopter and greeted by officers
MV Mobutu inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
CV Mobutu seated with officials
MV Officer explains manoeuvre on blackboard
GV & SV Troops firing various weapons (5 shots)
GV Aircraft flies over and drops bombs (2 shots)
Mobutu and others look on
LV Aircraft drop supplies by parachute
LV Rescue helicopter arrives
SV Officials watch
LV & SV Injured carried from helicopter (4 shots)
GV Officials watch as troops march off in formation (4 shots)
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Background: President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Zaire Republic attended large-scale manoeuvres of the Zaire army and air force in Kinole on friday (July 21). The exercise, codenamed 'Bukavu', included a mock battle between army units backed up by aircraft, and a display of precision firing with 106-millimetre recoilless cannons and mortars.
The President, who is also Minister of Defence, took part in the manoeuvres in an advisory capacity. His country's armed strength which includes land, sea and air forces, numbers about 30,000.