SOUTHERN AFRICA: Sneak Attack

Nkomo 's narrow escape

For the guerrillas of the Patriotic Front, nothing was more important than disrupting elections in Rhodesia that will usher in Prime Minister Ian Smith's version of black majority rule. For Smith and his three black colleagues in the interim government of the breakaway British colony, nothing was more essential than preventing the guerrillas from carrying out their plans. On the eve of balloting by the country's blacks, a heavily armed Rhodesian raiding party last week struck deeply into Zambia, which provides a headquarters and staging bases for 16,000 irregulars of Joshua Nkomo's Zimbabwe African People's Union...

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