INTRODUCTION: In northern Spain, hooded gunmen have kidnapped three honorary consuls from their homes in two cities in the Basque region.
GV INTERIOR Austrian honorary consul's wife with family and speaking in Spanish ZOOM IN TO SCU
GV EXTERIOR Apartment building in which El Salvadorean consul lives TILT DOWN TO street level
GVs Building entrance (2 shots)
SV Entrance behind pillars
GV Entrance TILT UP TO SCU Consul's apartment windows
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In northern Spain, hooded gunmen have kidnapped three honorary consuls from their homes in two cities in the Basque region. The consuls of Austria and El Salvador were taken in Bilbao on Thursday night (19 February), and the Uruguayan consul seized in Pamplona, in neighbouring Navarre province. Police said their relatives were held for several hours to stop them getting in touch with the authorities. A fourth kidnapping attempt at the Portuguese consulate in San Sebastian failed, police said, because the consul was not there. Police believe the kidnappers are Basque separatist guerrillas. The abducted Austrian consul is Herr Hermann Diez de la Sel Korsatko, who's 45.
SYNOPSIS: Reporters at his Bilbao home on Friday (20 February) asked his wife what message she would have for him if he was watching a news programme. She said his family were all as calm as possible, and had strong hopes of seeing him again.
The consul for El Salvador, was named as Senor Antonio Amparo Fernandez, a Spanish doctor. He lived in this building in Bilbao. Family sources said the kidnappers told him to pack belongings for a long absence, but assured him he would not be harmed. The kidnappers were quoted as saying they wanted to publicise the demands of the Basque separatist organisation, ETA, concerning Basque detainees. Reuters news agency said no organisation or individuals had immediately claimed responsibility for the abductions. Police have mounted guards outside consulates and diplomatic residences in Basque country.