Guerrillas posing as police bodyguards kidnapped a United States official, Mr Claude Fly, from his office in Montevideo on Friday.
Guerrillas posing as police bodyguards kidnapped a United States official, Mr Claude Fly, from his office in Montevideo on Friday. They are already holding two other foreign officials, an American and a Brazilian, as hostages to obtain release of over 150 political prisoners from the Uruguay government.
Saying they had been assigned to protect him, three guerrillas went to the office of Mr Fly, a soil adviser to the Uruguay Livestock Ministry, and abducted him at gunpoint. A truck used in the getaway was later found nearby with bloodstains on the upholstery.
The guerrillas are already holding Mr Daniel Mitrione, an employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development, and Senor Aloysio Gomides, a second secretary attached to the Brazilian embassy. The kidnappers announced that Mr Mitrione, a father of nine, would be executed at noon local time today (Sunday) following a deadline yesterday ignored by the Uruguayan government.
Uruguay's President Jorge Areco has flatly rejected the left-wing guerrilla movement's demands as unreasonable extortion, and the has declared that law must take its proper cause.
Police have revealed that Mrs Miriam Fly had received a handwritten note from her 65-year-old husband in which he said he was well, and was being fed. He said, however, that they had his reading glasses and would not return them.
Meanwhile, police and government agents have launched a massive search for the guerrillas and their hostages. All vehicles entering and leaving Montevideo are carefully checked by police. Twelve guerrillas have been arrested, but are claiming prisoner-of-war rights, and refuse to undergo questioning.