Despite appeals for calm by Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, political violence has flared up in a Salisbury suburb.
GV EXTERIOR Feathers Hotel in Mabelreign, Salisbury, Zimbabwe.
CU Sign reading "The Feathers".
SV Soldier walking towards building and broken windows. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Shoes of victims and soldiers carrying other shoes retrieved from wreckage.
CU Shattered window panes.
CU Blood stains on floor of hotel (2 SHOTS)
SV Man pushing shards of glass from window, and other broken windows. (2 SHOTS)
SV ZOOM INTO CU Bloodstains on floor and shattered window panes. (2 SHOTS)
SV Witness talking to policeman on site of bomb blast.
Mr. Mugabe has attributed the unrest to dissidents among the 35,000 nationalist guerrillas from ZANLA (Zimbabwe African Liberation Army) and from Home Affairs Minister, Joshua Nkomo's ZIRRA (Zimbabwe Peoples Revolutionary Army). The guerrillas are confined to ceasefire assembly camps and farms throughout the country.
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Background: Despite appeals for calm by Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, political violence has flared up in a Salisbury suburb. Two black men died on Saturday (27 September) when gunmen attacked a hotel in a predominantly white suburb of the capital. It is the closest that political violence has come to Salisbury's city centre since Zimbabwe became independent from Britain last April.
SYNOPSIS: Armed men drove up to the Feathers Hotel, in the Salisbury suburb of Mabelreign on Saturday night, and lobbed a hand grenade into the bar -- frequented mainly by blacks. The assailants then sprayed the hotel with small arms fire. Two black men died and 25 people were injured in the attack -- eleven of them seriously.
The men responsible for the attack have not yet been apprehended. Thirty of Mr. Mugabe's ZANLA guerrilla commanders are said to live close to the hotel. But Salisbury police have declined to say whether these men were the target of the attack. The Mabelreign killings followed a week of violence in the troubled Goromonzi area near Salisbury -- where a white farmer was killed last Thursday (25 September).
A white woman killed one of a gang of rogue guerrillas on Friday (26 September) when they attacked her homestead. The upsurge in unrest has sent a wave of apprehension through Zimbabwe's white minority. Blacks, too, have complained that Zimbabwe's promised peace has not yet arrived.