• Short Summary

    HARARE & SOUTHERN ZIMBABWE

    Six foreign tourists were allegedly kidnapped by an armed gang in southern Zimbabwe on July 24.

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    1. GV Army vehicles and helicopter patrolling area (3 shots) 0.18
    2. SVs Troops getting out of helicopter (2 shots) 0.26
    3. GV/SV & SCU Truck covered with bullet holes (3 shots) 0.42
    4. SV ZOOM TO SCU Truck driver speaking 1.13
    5. SCU & GV Troops in bush and helicopter taking off (3 shots) 1.28
    6. GVs & SVs Village in bush being searched by troops (3 shots) 1.45
    7. SCU Nkomo speaking 1.59
    SPEECH TRANSCRIPT:
    WATKINS (SEQ. 4): "I just thought it was an ordinary roadblock till they started...."
    REPORTER: "What did they do with you?"
    WATKINS: "They just wanted us to get out, they just (indistinct) the vehicle into the bush and gave me the note and told me to take the hood down."
    REPORTER: "And what did you do then?"
    WATKINS: "Well the truck wasn't serviceable so I just put it in the car to stop it being seen."
    REPORTER: "What did the note say?"
    WATKINS: "Oh, I forget now, they just want some prisoners release."
    NKOMO (SEQ.7): "My message to them would be, whatever their grievances, they should spare the lives of these people. These people are visiting our country, it's unfortunate the problems spill on to people visiting our country."
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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: HARARE & SOUTHERN ZIMBABWE

    Six foreign tourists were allegedly kidnapped by an armed gang in southern Zimbabwe on July 24. The captives -- two Americans, two Britons and two Australians -- were abducted on the main road to Victoria Falls. Government troops are combing the area in an attempt to flush the gunmen from their hiding place. The abductors, believed to be former members of Joshua Nkomo's ZIPRA army in the war preceding independence, forced the group's truck to stop at a roadblock 80 kilometres (50 miles) north-west of Bulawayo. The gunmen released three women members of the party and its leader New Zealander Bruce Watkins. Mr. Watkins was given a letter by the kidnappers demanding the release from detention of two ex-commanders of Joshua Nkomo's guerrilla army. Security forces stepped up the search for guerrillas on July 25 when saboteurs struck the country's top airbase and put out of action a large part of Zimbabwe's airforce. Mr. Nkomo has denied any connection with the rising violence and has appealed to the gunmen to release the hostages.

    Source: REUTERS - GEOFF CHILTON

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    Film ID:
    VLVACMAG3Q2LC7HBB40W5OTU3TNG7
    Media URN:
    VLVACMAG3Q2LC7HBB40W5OTU3TNG7
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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