An Army Colonel, shot dead while trying to thwart an attempt to kidnap him, may have been on an abduction list possibly drawn up by guerrillas planning to seize a number of prominent Argentineans.
GV Iribarren's home guarded by soldiers
GV Guards around home (3 shots)
SV Guard TILT DOWN TO broken glass & blood on road
GV Military HQ
SV Military guards outside building
MV Lanusse arrives & enters building
GV PAN Funeral procession enters cemetery
SV Coffin carried in
SV & GV Coffin towards grave & crowd around (2 shots)
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Background: An Army Colonel, shot dead while trying to thwart an attempt to kidnap him, may have been on an abduction list possibly drawn up by guerrillas planning to seize a number of prominent Argentineans.
Observers in Argentina said that Wednesday's (4 April) killing of Colonel Hector Iribarren, the 47-year-old head of the Third Army Corp's Intelligence Service, followed a broad hint by the Marxist People's Revolutionary Army(ERP) that more leading figures might be taken hostage for the lives of jailed guerrillas.
The Colonel was hit by tow blasts form a sawn-off shotgun and riddled by a burst of submachinegun fire from two men whose light truck crashed into his car in the central industrial city of Cordoba. His wife saw the shooting form the door of his home.
His death came only two days after retired Rear-Admiral Francisco Aleman, also an intelligence officer, was kidnapped from his Buenos Aires apartment by ERP guerrillas.
The Colonel's funeral was attended by President Alejandro Lanusse on Thursday (5 April).
SYNOPSIS: Armed guards kept a close watch on a house in the central Argentine city of Cordoba on Wednesday following the violent death of its owner, Army Colonel Hector Iribarren. As his wife saw the Colonel off to work in the morning, two men crashed their light truck into his car, fired two blasts from a sawed-off shotgun and riddled him with machinegun bullets.
A statement, issued from the local military headquarters where Colonel Iribarren worked, said that the killing was a kidnapping attempt that misfired when the Colonel fought back. The statement, describing Iribarren as an army intelligence chief, added that his killers were probably members of the Marxist People's Revolutionary Army -- an underground group critical of the government's treatment of captured guerrillas. President Alejandro Lanusse, who arrived at the headquarters on Thursday, has always refused to regard captured guerrillas as political prisoners, treating them instead as common criminals.
Colonel Iribarren's funeral was hold in Cordoba on Thursday, attended by leading government representatives as well as the murderer man's family. His death came only two days after the Buenos Aires kidnapping by the People's Revolutionary Army, of another intelligence officer -- retired Rear-Admiral Francisco Aleman.
President Lanusse was also at the funeral on Thursday. The outbreak of violence comes at a time when the President is trying to stabilise Argentina before handing over power to President-elect Hector Campora next month.