• Short Summary

    INTRODUCTION: A series of explosions ripped through the Inkomo Army Camp near Salisbury, Zimbabwe, on Sunday (16 August).

  • Description

    SV PULL BACK TO GV Railway siding near armoury.
    SV PAN Damaged siding.
    GV PULL BACK Nyabira Country Club.
    SV PAN DOWN CU Spent shells near club,
    SV PAN DOWN Damaged club,
    SV PAN EXTERIOR Damaged club.
    SV Shattered roof.

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    Background: INTRODUCTION: A series of explosions ripped through the Inkomo Army Camp near Salisbury, Zimbabwe, on Sunday (16 August). The explosions destroyed tonnes of arms and ammunition. No casualty figures were released but informed sources said they were thought to be slight. the blasts were said to have been caused by an accidental gas explosion.

    SYNOPSIS: Newsmen were banned from the ares by the authorities following the explosion. Even so, this railway siding about one kilometre away form the barracks was completely devastated.

    Bushfires burned around the barracks, which are used as a store for arms and ammunition handed in by guerrilla armies after their seven-year war against the former Rhodesian regime. Spent shells and shrapnel litter the area.

    This is the Inyabira Sports Club some 1.5 kilometres away from the main armoury. it suffered extensive damage. Army engineers detonated shells, rockets and other explosive left behind. Several munitions stores were said to have exploded one by one. People approaching the area had to shelter as debris including Russian-made rocket launchers and Chinese mortars rained down on them. The original explosions shook houses in Salisbury 30 kilometres (20 miles) away.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAZS9V9E5SXRJHKRTLQYO9Y76M
    Media URN:
    VLVAAZS9V9E5SXRJHKRTLQYO9Y76M
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/08/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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