An American Aid Official and a Brazilian Diplomat are still held incommunicado by left-wing querrillas after being seized on Friday (July 31) in the course of a series of kidnapping attempts, all staged within an hour by members of the Tupamaro Urban Guerrilla Organisation.
GV van used by kidnappers
CU crushed wing of van
CU damaged interior, policeman takes fingerprints from window (2 shots)
LV PAN from van to onlookers
CU & SV street sign and onlookers at place where Gordon Jones escaped kidnapping
SV diplomatic car
LV & CU car used by would be kidnappers (2 shots)
LV & CU abandoned Mercedes diplomatic car (2 shots)
TS along street past soldiers searching vehicles
CI cameraman in car shows papers to soldier
CV police HQ
SV suspect hustled into police vehicle and driven away (2 shots)
GV EXT Company building robbed by bandits
LV & CU INT police and officials checking company documents (2 shots)
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Background: An American Aid Official and a Brazilian Diplomat are still held incommunicado by left-wing querrillas after being seized on Friday (July 31) in the course of a series of kidnapping attempts, all staged within an hour by members of the Tupamaro Urban Guerrilla Organisation.
Three of the kidnapping attempts, involving two American diplomats and the Manager of the Uruguayan Brewery, were foiled.
The two men held are Danial Mitrione, a 49 year-old employee of the U.S. Agency for International Development, in Uruguay to advice the Government on police and internal security affairs, and Aloysio Gomides, 41 year-old Brazilian Embassy First Secretary and Assistant Consul-General.
The Tupmaro, in a communique released to newspapers said the Government must agree to release an unspecified number of jailed members of the organization before the two kidnapped men were freed.
About 80 guerrillas are now in jail, but the Tupamaro said they would only hand over a precise list of the men they want out after the Government had agreed to guerrilla terms.
The guerrillas also disclosed that Mr. Mitrione had been shot in the left shoulder during the kidnapping but was receiving medical treatment.
Two American diplomats against whom attempts failed were Second Secretary Gordon Jones and Cultural Attache Nathan Rosenfeld. The American Embassy said both received slight injuries.
Also on Friday (31 July) bandits robbed a large Montevideo company, escaping with a haul worth 4-million pesos (12 million U.S. dollars).