Police are combing Uruguay for a band of Tupamaros guerrillas who took over a police station in the town of Soca, near Montevideo, on Monday (14 February), killing two policemen and stealing guns and ammunition.
GV PAN Soca street scene
CV Sign "Soca"
GV Street, PAN TO crowd outside police station
CV Police car & station
CV Police sign with bullet hole
CV PAN smashed windows
GV & SV Vehicles used by gang
SV Telephone sign (long distance calls)
SV Tangled and cut wiring above exchange
GV Street scene
Initials SGM/0308 SGM/0257
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Background: Police are combing Uruguay for a band of Tupamaros guerrillas who took over a police station in the town of Soca, near Montevideo, on Monday (14 February), killing two policemen and stealing guns and ammunition.
The Tupamaros blasted their way in with a hand grenade then rushed in spraying machine-gun fire indiscriminately, police said. At least 40 are said to have taken part. They also took over the telephone exchange and other key points in the town to prevent outside communication.
SYNOPSIS: In the Uruguayan town of Soca, near Montevideo, on Monday, more than 40 Tupamaros guerrillas took over a police station, killed two policemen and stole guns and ammunition. Police have made a nation-wide search for the group, who held practically the whole town captive before escaping.
A police spokesman said the guerrillas blasted the station with a hand grenade and then rushed in spraying machine-gun fire indiscriminately.
Apart from seizing the police station, the guerrillas took over the local telephone exchange and other key points, paralysing communications with outside areas. Some of the Tupamaros held waiters and customers at gunpoint while others controlled road blocks around the town. The Tupamaros last year hit world headlines by kidnapping British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson and hiding him for more than eight months.