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Volume 979: debated on Thursday 21 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal why Selous Scouts, for whom the Governor is responsible, carried out the bomb attacks on churches and chapels in Salisbury; whether the Governor had authorised these attacks, and if not what action he has taken against those officers of the security forces who were involved.

The police are pursuing their investigations into four incidents in Salisbury on the night of 14 February. Bombs exploded at two sites; an unexploded bomb was found at a third; and two members of the Rhodesian security forces were killed in a further incident. The police have not yet established responsibility for any of these incidents, and it is therefore not possible to say whether and, if so, how the four incidents were linked. The Governor is following the progress of the police investigations closely.