The wave of political violence in Argentina, where there have been more than 150 killings since the death of General Peron lat July, has placed increased strain on the country's Anti-explosives Brigade.
GV ZOOM INTO CU Armed police near suspect package at base of tree
GV Bomb squad arriving in truck
SCU Armed police TILT TO package
MVs Crowds look on (2 shots)
MV&GV PAN Squad member fires at package with rifle in an attempt to detonate it (2 shots)
MV PAN Crowd look on as policeman with protective clothing places packet into container (3 shots)
GV TILT DOWN Clocktower
GV Squad car arriving
MVs Police searching toward (2 shots)
CU Relief on tower
GV TILT DOWN Banner being dropped from top of tower and other police pull it down (3 shots)
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Background: The wave of political violence in Argentina, where there have been more than 150 killings since the death of General Peron lat July, has placed increased strain on the country's Anti-explosives Brigade.
These bomb squads are units of the Federal Police force, and they're currently being called out 30 to 40 times a day in Buenos Aires alone to deal with bombs, hoaxes, suspect packages and a number of other tricky and dangerous assignments.
This month, there has been a wave of bombings in Buenos Aires and other cities following the killing of Federal Police Chief Alberto Villar -- he and his wife were blown up on board their holiday boat.
Also among the casualties were two members of the explosives' squads, killed while trying to defuse a bomb. This has persuaded the squads to use a more cautious, less sophisticated approach when tackling possible bombs. Suspect packages ares hot up from a safe distance with high velocity rifles in an effort to detonate any explosives.
On a typical day recently, one squad was filmed as it went from tacking a suspicious parcel left in a Buenos Aires street to scaling the city's Torre de los Ingelse (Tower of the English). The top of the tower had been draped with a banner claiming the British-controlled Falkland Islands belong to Argentina. After searching the building for bombs -- and drawing a blank -- the squad members removed the banner.