Leftwing activists launched a gun and bomb attack on the central Argentine city of cordoba on Wednesday (20 August).
Leftwing activists launched a gun and bomb attack on the central Argentine city of cordoba on Wednesday (20 August). The fighting left two policemen and one guerrilla dead.
A number of people were also seriously injured when a powerful bomb wrecked the police communications centre.
The heart of the city and some suburbs were rocked by heavy gunfire and bomb blasts for 20 minutes during the coordinated attacks by the People's Revolutionary Army (ERP) to mark the third anniversary of the killing of 16 guerrilla captives in a navy jail.
The attacks began when guerrilla snipers perched in trees and on rooftops, opened fire on Government House, police headquarters, infantry barracks, and other public buildings. People fled the city centre and business premises closed immediately.
Armed police in uniform and plain clothes worked side by side to try and flush the guerrillas out from the buildings where they were held up.
The ERP, a Marxist group generally considered Latin America's most powerful guerrilla organisation, has laid low in recent months, apparently awaiting the outcome of President Maria Estela Peron's battle for political survival.