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    In the mountains near the central Japan town of Maebashi yesterday (Friday), police dug up the bodies of three left-wing radicals believed to have been murdered earlier this year in an ideological dispute with fellow-members of an urban guerrilla group known as the "Rengo Sokigun" (Unified Red Army)
    The killings are believed to have taken place at a mountain hideout sometime between December and February - and so far five bodies in all have been recovered since the police began searching four days earlier.

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    In the mountains near the central Japan town of Maebashi yesterday (Friday), police dug up the bodies of three left-wing radicals believed to have been murdered earlier this year in an ideological dispute with fellow-members of an urban guerrilla group known as the "Rengo Sokigun" (Unified Red Army)
    The killings are believed to have taken place at a mountain hideout sometime between December and February - and so far five bodies in all have been recovered since the police began searching four days earlier. A leader of the Rengo Sekigun is reported to have confessed to the killing on at least 12 members opposed to armed uprisings and terrorist attacks on official targets.

    Police say that all the bodies - one of them a woman 8 months pregnant - show signs of having been tortured, then bound and left to fi??? to death in the mountains.

    SYNOPSIS: A mountain range near the central Japan town of Maebashi - where last week police found the bodies of five left-wing radicals killed in an ideological dispute Here, on Friday, they dug up three of them - one said to be a woman eight-months pregnant. The killings are said to have taken place between December and February, at a mountain hideout of an urban guerrilla group known as the Rengo Sekigun, or Unified Red Army. One of their leaders is reported to have confessed to twelve killings of members opposed to armed uprising and terrorist attacks on official targets.

    Police say that all the bodies showed signs of having been tortured, then bound and left to freeze to death in the mountains. Later they were buried in two separate pits. Such a large number of vengeance killings are believed to be unprecedented in Japanese criminal history.

    The macabre discoveries were made after five members of the guerrilla group were captured last month, following a ten-day police siege on a mountain villa 25 miles away. In the battle to free a housewife being held as a hostage, two police officers and a civilian were shot dead. (PAUSE) The badly-mutilated bodies of the five victims were placed in coffins in the Maebashi morgue, as the search continue for the other bodies.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3UISO0CVNAIFHS6KUPFXMVLJR
    Media URN:
    VLVA3UISO0CVNAIFHS6KUPFXMVLJR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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