Retired General Juan Tomas Diaz and Antonio de la Maza Vasquez, alleged assassins of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, were killed June 4 in a gun battle with security and army forces in Ciudad Trujillo, capital of the Dominican Republic.
GV Cars along street
CU PAN.. from bloodstained spot on road to people looking on
SV & CU.. large bullet hole in car
SV PAN.. down building to crowd of people
SCU car riddled with bullet holes
SCU & CU.. windscreen full of bullet holes and PAN to crowd around car (4 shots)
CU PAN INT.. of car broken glass etc on seats
TRAVEL SHOT from car.. through town.. (3 shots)
SV police checking cars and occupants
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Background: Retired General Juan Tomas Diaz and Antonio de la Maza Vasquez, alleged assassins of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, were killed June 4 in a gun battle with security and army forces in Ciudad Trujillo, capital of the Dominican Republic. The car which they were driving was riddled by the heavy machine-gun fire. Diaz died instantly, and de la Maza Vasquez died in military hospital without recovering consciousness.
The battle climaxed a dramatic chase through Ciudad Trujillo after the two men had been tracked in a large-scale hunt which began May 30 when Generalissimo Trujillo was killed. A Government statement said the two had commandeered a truck at gun point to take them to the house of a friend, who refused them shelter and notified the authorities. Half an hour later, security agents caught up with them.
Tension has eased suddenly in Ciudad Trujillo with the capture or killing of all major participants in the assassination. The Government is now certain that it has wiped out the band of dissidents who killed Generalissimo Trujillo for reasons of personal revenge. Life is gradually returning to normal.
A mission from the seven-nation Organisation of American States is scheduled to arrive in the Dominican Republic shortly to investigate United States and Latin American reports of a reign of terror following the assassination.