Police in Argentina on Sunday (2 April) continued to raid houses in Buenos Aires in their search for the kidnapped Italian businessman, Signor Obderdan Sallustro.
GTV Line of traffic passes through police roadblock
SV Armed police and troops check cars (4 shots)
SV Men taken from car and searched
SV Police search boots of cars (2 shots)
SV Armed plain clothes policeman outside house
SV Policeman talks to driver of car outside house
SV Policeman in doorway of house (2 shots)
SV Another police roadblock.
SV Men out of car and searched
Police stopping cars, checking people and searching them, suburban house where it's thought Sallustro was held.
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Background: Police in Argentina on Sunday (2 April) continued to raid houses in Buenos Aires in their search for the kidnapped Italian businessman, Signor Obderdan Sallustro.
Signor Sallustro was kidnapped a fortnight ago by a group known a the People's Revolutionary Army and for several days after his kidnap the group issued ransom notes demanding supplies for underprivileged children in return for his life.
Executives of Signor Sallustro's firm, Fiat, announced they were unable to meet the demands and since then there's been no news of the missing businessmen.
On Saturday (1 April) police made a number of arrests in a house in an industrial suburb of Buenos Aires and twenty four hours later Argentina's President Lanusse told newsman that the kidnap gang had been arrested. However there was still no news of Signor Sallustro. Police now believe he was held in the house raided on Saturday for several days - and was taken away only when the police net closed around the kidnappers.
SYNOPSIS: Traffic jams in Buenos Aires on Saturday as Argentine police stepped up their search for the kidnapped Italian businessman, Signor Oberdan Sallustro. Every car leaving the city had to pass through a police roadblock--where it was stopped and thoroughly checked.
The police took no chances. Anyone who could not adequately identify himself was subjected to a personal search. The police were polite but insistent.
The massive search of cars came on the twelfth day after the disappearance of Signor Sallustro. Claiming credit for the kidnapping is a guerrilla group known as the People Revolutionary Army. They threatened to kill their hostage--and it's now many days since there's been any news of him.
This house was the scene of the most significant find of the police search. They swooped on the building on Saturday and arrested a man and four other people. As a result of the rail they now believe Signor Sallustro was held here for several days, and was only taken away as the police net tightened on the guerrilla group.
As the house is searched the police checks elsewhere continue. As well as stopping cars, police patrols have entered several other houses--but so far without any further success.