• Short Summary

    The machine-gun assassination of Uruguay's Civil Defence Force chief outside his home on Tuesday (July 26) by left-wing Tupamaros guerrillas came only a week after the former defence minister, who resigned last week, said the armed forces had won the three-month 'internal war' against the guerrillas.

  • Description

    The machine-gun assassination of Uruguay's Civil Defence Force chief outside his home on Tuesday (July 26) by left-wing Tupamaros guerrillas came only a week after the former defence minister, who resigned last week, said the armed forces had won the three-month 'internal war' against the guerrillas.

    The dead Civil Defence chief, 49-year-old Colonel Artigas Alvares, was the highest-ranking military victim of the terrorists -- who had apparently suffered severe set-backs in a fierce armed forces campaign against them in the previous three months.

    Colonel Alvares was machine-gunned at the wheel of his car by two or three men hiding behind a fence as he was leaving his suburban Montevideo home for his office, and died shortly afterwards in hospital. He had three sons, two of them soldiers.

    Visnews cameraman Alfredo Pucciano arrived at the scene of the shooting shortly afterwards, and his film contains scenes of the Colonel's family grieving at the sport where it happened.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAA4BN02ZR6Z6UJKYZFV8L2189O
    Media URN:
    VLVAA4BN02ZR6Z6UJKYZFV8L2189O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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