Since the death of President Juan peron of Argentina three months ago, the country has been hit by a wave of kidnappings and assassinations.
Since the death of President Juan peron of Argentina three months ago, the country has been hit by a wave of kidnappings and assassinations. hardly a day passes without the news that the body of some well-known person has been found murdered. Since July, 95 people have been murdered for political reasons.
The latest victim was General Carlos Prats, former Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army and Interior Minister in the Cabinet of the late President Allende of ?Chile. Both General Prats and his wife were killed on Monday (30 September) when a booby-trap blew their car apart as they were returning home from a dinner with friends. The 59-year-old General had gone into exile in Argentina after last year's coup in Santiago which overthrew President Allende.
There have been no indications that General Prats was active in Argentine politics and the cause of his death remains something of a mystery.
SYNOPSIS: Both General Prats and his wife were killed in a bomb blast on Monday as they returned home after dinner with friends. The force of the explosion blew the car apart. Part of the roof was found on the seventh floor balcony of a building on the other side of the street and the bonnet was burled fifty yards. The bodies of the General and his wife were found several yards from the car.
The fifty-nine year-old General had held a number of important posts under Dr. Allende. He was commander-in-chief of the Chilean Army and served as Chilean Interior Minister from November 1972 to March 1973. He was also the leading military figure in a 'National Security Cabinet' formed by Dr. Allende.
The deaths of General Prats and his wife mean that ninety-five people have been assassinated in Argentine since July. The latest murders have been condemned by General Pinochet, the chilean Head of Stat who led the successful coup which overthrew Dr. Allende.