Rhodesian security forces have killed 114 guerillas since the start of the year, according to Mr.
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SUTTON-PRYCE: "In the operational Hurricane area, that is, the north-east of Rhodesia, the following incidents took place. There were nine mine detonations, one store attack, four murders of tribesmen, one of whom was beaten to death, one was shot, one had a stick grenade tied to his head and detonated and one was thoroughly beaten then shot in the head. There were four assaults on tribesmen or tribeswomen. Fourteen male tribesmen and two female have been abducted forcibly, two visits to farm compounds for food and a number of kraal visits for the same purpose. Three curfew breakers have been killed and there are three incidences of aircraft being fired upon. 33 cattle have been slaughtered and 10 injured in the tribal trustlands. An unoccupied administrative centre has been shot up and also a community advisers house and school buildings were also shot up with superficial damage. In the eastern districts, that is the Obthrasha area, there have bee four mine detonations, seven store attacks and robberies, two attacks on farms, four murders of tribesmen, three of whom were shot, and one was bayonetted to death, a farm compound visit and again numerous visits to kraals in search of food, one aircraft fired upon, a civilian bus stopped and robbed, one civilian bus and one lorry burnt.
And thee have been three occasions of firing across the border in the Vila Celazar area. Since January this year, the tally now reads 114 terrorists killed and 14 members of the security forces."
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The film is serviced with part of a speech in English by Mr. Sutton-Pryce. A transcript follows:-
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Background: Rhodesian security forces have killed 114 guerillas since the start of the year, according to Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, special adviser on security to Rhodesian Prime minister Ian Smith. He said they have lost 14 men during the same period.
At a news conference in Salisbury on Friday (26 March), Mr. Sutton-Pryce listed recent clashes between security forces and guerillas and alleged atrocities committed by the opposing side.
He said Rhodesian aircraft had been fired on near the Mozambique border, farms and stores had been attacked, tribesmen murdered, abducted and assaulted and a bus and a truck set on fire.
He claimed the incidents had taken place in north-east and eastern Rhodesia. Mr. Sutton-Pryce, a former British Army major, said there were about 700 Soviet-armed guerillas inside Rhodesia.
He said reports that 15,000 nationalist guerillas were training in Mozambique were exaggerated. According to Rhodesia's own intelligence reports there were about 1,500 fully trained, and another 6,000 half trained men.
SYNOPSIS: At this press conference in Salisbury on Friday, Mr. Ted Sutton-Pryce, special adviser on security to Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith forecast that the country faced its "roughest and toughest" year ever. He listed to newsmen some alleged atrocities committed by nationalist guerillas.