A United States Information Officer kidnapped by guerrillas in Corboda in Argentina was released only fourteen hours later on Saturday (13 April) because he had been seriously wounded when seized.
U.S. Diplomat's picture in newspaper
EXTERIOR Hospital with cross and plaque (2 shots)
SV radio car parked outside hospital with reporters (3)
CU Sign Unquillo
GV PAN EXTERIOR U.S. Diplomat's house (2 shots)
GV PAN Road to line of old lorries
SV Gap between lorries where body was found
GV Children playing by lorries
Initials SC/1934 SC/1949
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Background: A United States Information Officer kidnapped by guerrillas in Corboda in Argentina was released only fourteen hours later on Saturday (13 April) because he had been seriously wounded when seized.
The United States Diplomat underwent emergency surgery for a bullet wound to his stomach and on Sunday (14 April) was reported by doctors to be still fighting for his life. Alfred Laun, the United States Information Service Director in Cordoba tried to fight off a commando group of eight. men and one woman who broke into his home while he was breakfasting. Police found a trail of blood from the house, indicating he had been seriously wounded. Fourteen hours later, the 36-year-old diplomat was found lying unconscious next to a truck in Cordoba. He was wrapped in a blanket with a bloodplasma bottle strapped to one of his arms. His kidnappers had given him emergency treatment prior to dumping him.
He was first discovered by a group of journalists who had been alerted by a call to Radio Universidad. Mr. Laun was rushed to the Queen Fabiola Clinic where he was reported to be fighting for his live after emergency surgery. Guerrillas of the People's Revolutionary Army in Argentina claimed Mr. Laun had been an agent of the United States Central Intelligence Agency and accused him of being linked with last September's military coup in Chile. The United States Embassy in Argentina denied the charges.
The People's Revolutionary Army is believed to be still holding Esso Refinery Manager Victor Samuelson for whom the parent company, Exxon, has paid a world record ransom of 14.2 million dollars (six million sterling). The ransom was paid a month ago but nothing has been heard of Mr. Samuelson since.