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    Conflicting reports are still coming in as to the size and scope of the recent incursion by South African troops into Angola.

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    GV Lieutenant General Dutton talking in English.

    Reporter asking question in English

    GV: Lieutenant General Dutton replying in English.

    DUTTON: "In past weeks there has been a considerable upsurge in SWAPO terrorist activities against South West Africa population and the security forces. This has come at a time when the republic had accepted the western five's proposals for an independent scheme for South West Africa. It was followed by certain very outstanding incidents. For instance, the hijacking of a bus-load of schoolchildren across the border into Angola. There was the placing of bombs one at the legislative assembly buildings of the Ovambo government one at the house of a cabinet minister. And then shortly before it actually happened we receive intelligence which indicated an attack being planned on the waterworks. And this was after all one of the reasons for our entry into Angola two years ago. These brought everything to a culmination point, and resulted in our making a quick plan to deal with the SWAPO threat as soon as possible, before it got completely out of hand."

    REPORTER: "General but what about SWAPO's allegation that you attacked a mining town and refugee camp?"

    DUTTON: "Well this was certainly not the case. As I indicated now. The town which is referred to possibly was the head quarters base of SWAPO. It was well defended, surrounded by a trench system with bunkers, manned by many soldiers, and the base was full of equipment, vehicles, ammunition and the like. There was also every indication that this was the headquarters controlling the whole of the area."

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    Background: Conflicting reports are still coming in as to the size and scope of the recent incursion by South African troops into Angola. The Official Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) claims that South African troops killed 600 people, mainly refugees from South West Africa (Namibia) in an attack on a refugee camp. It also said that many women and children were killed in the combined air and ground operation. South African authorities have denied these claims. Their operational Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Jack Dutton, has said that the main reason for the attack was to destroy a base used by South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) guerrillas for attacks inside South West Africa. He stressed that his troops only attacked a key military target.

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