BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1602
  1. 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 …

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