World: Attack on a Village

In the kind of action that typifies the civil war, a detachment of Biafran troops last week attacked a Nigerian-held village named Umuneke. TIME Correspondent James Wilde accompanied the Biafrans and sent this report:

IT was midafternoon, the hottest part of the day, and the world seemed made of glaring dust and prickly sweat. The men of the Biafran 55th Battalion were a motley group, mostly barefoot, lacking uniforms, and so short of weapons that a single bolt-action rifle served two or even three men. They had taken up positions around Umuneke in the thick, bone-dry bush. A blocking party had infiltrated...

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