INTRODUCTION: Concern is growing in Pakistan after a series of air attacks from forces of the Afghan regime, striking at refugee camps inside Pakistani territory.
(MUTE) GV PAN Bassu refugee camp near Afghanistan border.
GV PAN Refugees besides camp tents.
GVs Refugees building walls. (2 shots)
GV & SV Refugees in camp and camels driven down road. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mujahideen guerrillas sitting with rifles. (3 SHOTS)
GVs Mujahideen graveyard. (2 SHOTS)
GV Mujahideen walking along road.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Concern is growing in Pakistan after a series of air attacks from forces of the Afghan regime, striking at refugee camps inside Pakistani territory. The government has sent notes of protest to the Soviet-backed government in Kabul, but the administration of Babrak Karmal insists the refugee camps provide cover for the Afghan they are fighting, and are therefore legitimate targets. This camp at Bassu, just five kilometres (3 miles) from Afghanistan-Pakistani border, has suffered badly in recent attacks.
SYNOPSIS: Bassu camp is not a settlement, merely a collection of tents. It is a temporary home for some of the two-and-a half million Afghans inside Pakistan. Three times in recent weeks the refugees have fled from the Soviet fighters and helicopter gunships strafing the area with rockets and machine-gun fire. In the latest attack a woman was killed, and the twelve injured had to be taken by camel 250 kilometre (155 miles) to the provincial capital, Peshawar.
Afghan guerrillas are certainly among the camp's inhabitants. They tend to visit for rests in between operations. Up until November, the Afghan government forces had refrained from attacking inside Pakistani territory. With six raids in as many weeks, all that has changed -- and Mujahideen have had to bury their dead. The attacks coincide with recent campaign against the guerrillas inside Afghanistan launched by the Karmal government. Radio Kabul claims that 500 rebels have been killed in its border security operation. But the majority of the guerrillas remain entrenched in their mountain strongholds.