Angola has accused South Africa of a series of attacks by aircraft, helicopters, and infantry along the Namibian (South West African) border.
GV PAN EXTERIOR Steep hill with winding road TO damaged bridge, with fractured concrete (2 shots)
SV PULL OUT TO GV Men standing near break in road, rubble and a discarded uniform (2 shots)
GV & SV Overturned car, and a damaged car with blood-stained upholstery (2 shots)
SV PULL OUT TO GV Armed man beside broken bridge
SCU Spend cartridges on ground
GV PAN Road on hillside with damage and rubble
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Background: Angola has accused South Africa of a series of attacks by aircraft, helicopters, and infantry along the Namibian (South West African) border. A report by the Angolan news agency Angop listed details of a number of raids which were said to have occurred in early November. This followed allegation of several raids said to have occurred on October 28, when 18 civilians and two Angolan soldiers were reported to have been killed.
SYNOPSIS: One of the raids which South African troops are accused of making out this road, the principal transport link in the southern part of Angola. It connects the main town of Lubango with Mocamedes on the coast.
Dynamite was apparently used to destroy several bridges on the steep road. The ruling Angolan Politburo said the raids were carried out be 150 South African troops brought in by eleven French-built Puma helicopters. An official communique also said five cars and a bus were destroyed. And a railway tunnel was attacked, cutting the other major transport link in the region.
South African authorities would not confirm the raids took place and Foreign Minister Pik Both said the allegations were a smoke screen. A defence force spokesman said South Africa has a right to follow guerrillas to their bases. SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organisation) is said to operate from bases in Angola and Zambia.