NEAR LUPANE, ZIMBABWE
The search continues in Zimbabwe for six tourists abducted by anti-government guerrillas last Friday, July 23.
NEAR LUPANE, ZIMBABWE
1. GV Security forces checking buses (2 shots) 0.11
2. GV Security forces searching cars (2 shots) 0.25
3. SV Security forces checking truck (2 shots) 0.33
4. SCU Member of security forces speaking 0.45
5. SV & GV Buses being searched (3 shots) 0.59
6. GV Bus driving away 1.05
7. GV Helicopter taking off 1.17
8. GV Security roadblock 1.22
9. SVs Troops searching bags and interrogating people (2 shots) 1.33
10. SCU & SV Member then beating him viciously with a long stick (2 shots) 1.59
11. SV Soldiers. BBC's Philip Hayton asks question and soldier replies 2.12
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQ. 4:
SEARCH OFFICER: "They are being helped by the locals a lot and that is the only thing that is hampering our efforts, is the assistance the locals are giving them."
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQ. 11:
BBC'S PHILIP HAYTON: "Do you often beat people like that?"
SOLDIERS: "Yes we do it, the reason why we hit them, they don't talk the truth, but if we hit then they give us the truth of what we are looking for."
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Background: NEAR LUPANE, ZIMBABWE
The search continues in Zimbabwe for six tourists abducted by anti-government guerrillas last Friday, July 23. Three members of the elite British Special Air Service. Regiment are reported to have flown to Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, to help local security forces with their search. The operation is being carried out in remote bushland on the Bulawayo to Victoria Falls road. It's Zimbabwe's first experience of a politically-motivated kidnap. The guerrillas are demanding the release of some political detainees. If their demands are not met they say they will kill their hostages. The captives, two British, two American, and two Australian tourist attractions, Victoria Falls, towards the capital of Matabeleland, Bulawayo. The methods the Zimbabwean security forces have used in their search may not be according to the strict codes employed by other nations, however, the men on the ground say it's the only way they get results out of a sometimes hostile population.
Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON