A prison guard was shot dead outside his Milan home on Thursday...and the Italian urban?
A prison guard was shot dead outside his Milan home on Thursday...and the Italian urban guerrillas ted Red Brigades claimed responsibility. The guerrillas also issued another statement saying that the kidnapped former Prime Minister Aldo Moro was still alive and could yet be released. The guerrillas denounced as false a previous statement saying that Moro had been executed and his body dumped in a remote lake.
SYNOPSIS: The man who died was 53-year-old Francesco de Cataldo. He was shot several times by a man who escaped in a small car. Shortly after her was murdered, a caller claiming to represent the Red Brigades called a news agency saying that Marshal Francesco de Cataldo, of San Vittore jail, had been executed "as a torturer of prisoners". Just nine days ago, the Brigades killed another prison guard in Turin, and the extremist group has claimed responsibility for the killings this year of a jail expert and an anti-terrorist policeman.
Mr. de Cataldo was a veteran guard who worked in a clinic at San Vittore jail. He was married with two children. The Red Brigades have mounted a number of attacks against various people this year. Recently, a former Turin mayor and a Genoa industrialist were wounded...and kidnappers through Italy have seized 16 people so far this year. The 16th, a builder in the southern Adriatic port of Bari, was kidnapped only hours after Mr. de Cataldo was shot dead.
Meanwhile, Italian police have again stepped up their hunt for the kidnappers of the former Prime minister, Mr. Moro. After a telephone tipoff, a reporter found a statement in the name of the Red Brigades giving the Italian government another 48 hours to release Communist prisoners in return for Mr. Moro's freedom. It was the first indication that Mr. Moro was still alive after a message, purporting to be from the Red Brigades, claimed he had been "executed". A photograph of Mr. Moro was also released...showing him reading the previous day's newspaper.