A MIRACLE REMEMBEREDBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7046.1602 (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1602
- I Kechukwu Obialo Azuonye
A very close shave
It was 29 August 1969. As a commander in the Biafran army, I had received intelligence that reinforcements for the Nigerian troops would be passing through the little town of Afugiri that night. I was ordered to use every means available to destroy the reinforcements. I selected a spot no more than 150 m from the main road leading through the town. Directly south of the spot the road traversed a hill. Traffic negotiating it would have to be very slow, greatly improving the chances of a successful strike. In the total darkness my men and I waited to spring our deadly ambush with mortars.
Close to midnight we heard the Nigerian military transport vehicles as they struggled up the incline. To …