South African troops claim to have killed 27 Angolan soldiers and Swapo (South-West Africa People's Organisation) guerrillas in a cross border raid into Southern Angola.
GV PAN AND SV South African soldiers looking at buildings at Chitado, in Southern Angola destroyed in raid (2 shots)
SV South African soldiers seated on benches
CU Captured weapons being displayed belonging to Swapo or MPLA troops
CU PAN Captured equipment and personal possessions
CU Body of dead Swapo man
CU PAN Pile of bush knives
GV Destroyed buildings after being blown up by S.A.troops
AERIAL VIEW MPLA Headquarters buildings being blown up by time bombs
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Background: South African troops claim to have killed 27 Angolan soldiers and Swapo (South-West Africa People's Organisation) guerrillas in a cross border raid into Southern Angola.
SYNOPSIS: The raid was on an MPLA (Angolan soldiers) Headquarters at Chitado, about 12 miles (19 kilometres) inside Angola. The building was almost completely demolished.
There were no South African casualties.
A South African military spokesman later said that it was impossible to say if the men killed were MPLA or Swapo soldiers because all were wearing the same uniform. But he displayed captured arms which he said were of Soviet manufacture.
The cross-border strike had been aimed at destroying Swapo installations, but Angolan troops had become involved.
The forces attacked the town of Chitado from the south after giving the MPLA soldiers and civilians a chance to leave the town, according to a South African newsman who accompanied the raid. He said that prior to the attack, 20,000 leaflets had been dropped from aircraft. The buildings themselves were blown up by time- explosives after South African troops had withdrawn from the area. Earlier in the day the South African Foreign Minister, Pik Botha, published a letter to the United Nations demanding that guerrillas stop raids int Namibia.