On of the three black leaders in the Rhodesian Provisional Government has rejected Anglo-American proposals for an all-party peace conference with the Patriotic Front Guerrillas.
GV Security Forces gathered in street at Glen Norah
GV PAN across from roadway to house where shootout took place
GV and CU Bullet holes in doors, windows and brickwork. (four shots)
CU Spent cartridge in grass zoom out to pool of blood.
GV Bullet holes in wall outside and int shot where bullets emerged inside. (two shots)
GV House where shootout occurred
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Background: On of the three black leaders in the Rhodesian Provisional Government has rejected Anglo-American proposals for an all-party peace conference with the Patriotic Front Guerrillas. The Reverend Ndabaningi Sithole, on Wednesday (August 30) reaffirmed his support for the internal agreement which promises elections and black majority rule by December 31. The Transitional Government is coming under increasing pressure to call all-party talks as guerrillas activities escalate and brings violence into the outskirts of Salisbury itself. On Monday (August 28) police killed the country's most wanted black guerrilla after a gunbattle in the black township of Glen Norah about 8 miles (twelve kms) from the city centre.
SYNOPSIS: Police traced the man to a house in the township after he fired on a police patrol vehicle, killing the driver. In a gunbattle outside the house the guerrilla and a black woman were killed, and a second man injured. According to police the guerrilla was the sole remaining member of an assassination squad sent into Rhodesia by Patriotic Front co-Leader Joshua Nkomo to kill leading black members of the Transitional Government. They say the guerrillas, sixteen in all, were members of Mr. Nkomo's Zimbabwe People's Liberation Army.
After the shootout a police spokesman said the guerrilla had been identified as the man responsible for killing two black civilians and wounding three policemen in the neighbouring suburb of Highfield last week. he was also jointly responsible for killing a European railway employee in the town of Bulawayo.
The shootout was the third battle between police and guerrillas in Glen Norah this month.