The bomb blast in the centre of Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Saturday (6 August) marked the beginning of a new but unexpected wave of urban terrorism, according to authorities there.
GVs: rubble around bomb-damaged department store, Salisbury, Rhodesia, AND GV damaged store. (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM: police Land Rover TO black policeman standing beside vehicle.
SVs AND GVs: workmen clearing away rubble from damaged store. (3 shots)
CU: manager of store chain, Robert Bonser, talking to reporter (in English)
REPORTER: "Mr. Bonser, can you tell us what happened here today?"
BONSER: "Well, no one's exactly sure, but what we think happened is that a bomb was loft in the parcels' section. The customers leave their parcels when they go into the supermarket, 'cos the major seat of the explosion is in that area. But the blast did go right round the store."
REPORTER: "But were there any injuries?"
BONSER: "Oh yes, there's several people killed for certain. We're not certain how many yet; quite a lot of injuries.
REPORTER: "Who do you hold responsible for this?"
BONSER: "Well.... terrorist plant of some kind. That's just a terrible thing to put into a busy store; in an African area. It just isn't done."
REPORTER: "Thank you very much."
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Background: The bomb blast in the centre of Salisbury, Rhodesia, on Saturday (6 August) marked the beginning of a new but unexpected wave of urban terrorism, according to authorities there. Police sources said the blast, which killed eleven people and injured nearly sixty others, was the worst of its kind in the history of the nation's guerrilla warfare problems since the nation declared uniliteral independence twelve year ago.
SYNOPSIS: The explosion took place at noon in the store in the city centre, when it was known to be crowded with Saturday morning shoppers on their way home for the weekend. Most of the dead and injured were blacks. No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, although black nationalist leaders have been promising and escalation of the guerrilla war within the nation in order to achieve black majority rule as soon as possible. The blast was initially believed to have taken place within the part of the building where shoppers were ordered to place their hand luggage for security reasons -- to minimise the risk of explosives being smuggled in. The bomb which caused the damage was believed to be about 50 pounds (about 22 kilograms) of gelignite. But shortly after the explosion, it was still not clear exactly what had happened -- the Rhodesian general manager of the International Wollworths store chain, Mr. Robert Bonser, couldn't tell reporters much about it.