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Angola / Losses / Mercenaries Executed #487357

NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 09, 1976
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(Studio) UNITA spokesperson admits loss of capital, Huambo, to MPLA. Reporter Neil Davis says FNLA lost its last town, Sao Salvador. Says some mercenaries may have been executed by a "Colonel Callan," now believed killed.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(London, England) January 28, 1976, film shows British mercenaries leaving for Angola. Some killed in fighting; 14 rptdly. executed by fellow mercenaries by order of Field Commander "Callan." [Recruiter John BANKS - says Callan is strict disciplinarian and professional soldier. Doesn't know',' if mercenaries executed. He's capable of it; he's a maniac, but brilliant soldier.] 17 year old believed to be 1 of those executed. [Boy's father, Laurence SMITH - says will burn $300 received from mercenaries.] [Mother Dinah SMITH - tearfully says $300 is all son's life is worth. Criticizes mercenaries.] Some of mercenaries returning to Britain.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Studio) Premier Harold Wilson tells House of Commons that execution story may be trouble. British law forbidding part in war against friendly nation is only way mercenaries can be stopped, but Britain has no relations with Angola.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Utley, Garrick

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