Police raided a house in Cordoba, Argentina, on Friday (30 January), which was being used as a training centre for urban guerrillas.
Police raided a house in Cordoba, Argentina, on Friday (30 January), which was being used as a training centre for urban guerrillas. The owner of the house, a woman psychologist, put up strong resistance with a machine gun and grenades, as the police approached the house.
The incident turned into a prolonged gun battle. The woman, who had a two-year-old daughter, was eventually shot in the doorway of her house. Inside the house the police fond quantities of ammunition, machine-guns, shotguns, rifles and pistols. There were also a number of maps and operational plans.
The day before (29 January) in the capital, Buenos Aires, left-wing guerrillas had shot dead two executives of an Argentine affiliated company of the Bendix Corporation of the United States. A group of about 15 gunmen shot down the Chief of Personnel, Senor Jorge Zarlenza, and the company's Chief of Industrial Relations, Senor Alberto Olaverrieta, at the firm's factory in the northwestern suburb of Munro.
Later three of the guerrillas died in a gunbattle with police at a roadblock in a western suburb of the city. The dead men and several others had fired on the police, who were about to check the occupants of two cars.
On Sunday (1 February) there was more violence when police and troops seat off a guerrilla attack on a police training school on the outskirts of La Plata, about 40 miles (60 Kilometres) southeast of Buenos Aires. Many of the guerrillas were reported killed. They had succeeded in seizing several guard posts, but were unable to penetrate the central area where the arsenal was situated.
Political violence in Argentina has already claimed more than fifty lives this year. In 1975 more than 900 people were killed.