The Argentine Military Government has appointed its third federal police chief in as many months, following the murder of one -- and the resignation of another.
GV INT (Left) Argentina's new police chief, Brigadier General Edmundo Rene Ojeda and (right) Interior Minister, Brigadier General Albano Harguindeguy
CU General Harguindeguy
CU Former Argentine police chief, Brig. General Arturo Corbetta
SV General Corbetta signing document
CU ZOOM OUT TO SV General Ojeda signs document, followed by General Harguindeguy
CU General Ojeda
GV General Harguindeguy (right) making speech and then embraces General Ojeda
Since General Ojeda was sworn in there's been another bomb attack on security police headquarters in Buenos Aires. On Thursday (8 July), one policeman was killed and six others injured when a bomb they were trying to defuse at the headquarters, blew up.
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Background: The Argentine Military Government has appointed its third federal police chief in as many months, following the murder of one -- and the resignation of another. The new police chief is Brigadier General Edmundo Rene Ojeda.
SYNOPSIS: General Ojeda was sworn in by the Argentine Interior Minister, Brigadier General Albano Harguindeguy. He replaces Brigadier General Arturo Corbetta who resigned following the recent bombing of security police headquarters in which 18 people died and 66 were injured.
General Corbetta sacked two senior policemen as a result of the bombing. He then gave up his post, saying the officer in overall charge must take ultimate responsibility for all police duties. general Corbetta served less than two weeks, and succeeded General Cesareo Cardozo who was killed by an earlier bomb. Left-wing Montoneros guerrillas have claimed responsibility for the murder of General Cardozo, and the bomb attack on security police headquarters.
General Ojeda has pledged he will root out subversion and violence and step up the campaign against the guerrillas. Meanwhile, the death toll from politically motivated violence has risen to 482 since the armed forces seized power in March.