Four soldiers were shot dead on Thursday (May 18) in a terrorist attack on the Montevideo home of Uruguayan army Commander-in-Chief General Florencio Gravigna.
GV PAN FROM General Gravigna's house to jeep outside
GV & MV Soldiers and officials gathered around jeep (2 shots)
CU Blood on foot-plate of vehicle TILT UP TO corpse's head resting on door
SV's & PAN Corpses lying in vehicle (4 shots)
CU Bullet-hole in jeep (4 shots)
CU Bullet-holes in General Gravigna's house (2 shots)
CU Minister of Defence Magnani outside house talks to others
GV Crowd with Uruguayan flag, watch as corpses lifted into ambulance (3 shots)
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Background: Four soldiers were shot dead on Thursday (May 18) in a terrorist attack on the Montevideo home of Uruguayan army Commander-in-Chief General Florencio Gravigna.
The four soldiers, in an army truck on guard outside General Gravigna's house, were riddled with machine-gun bursts from a passing car. Some shots also hit the front of the house.
A soldier on guard on the roof of the house returned the fire, but it was not immediately known if any of the attackers was hit.
The attackers were believed to be members of the Tupamaros, a left-wing urban guerrilla group which has brought Uruguay to a state of internal war with a long series of kidnapping, assassinations and bank raids over the past few years.
Last month the Government of President Juan Maria Bordaberry and the ???rmed forces were given special powers to combat the Tupamaros and other leftwing organisations.
SYNOPSIS: In Uruguay on Thursday, terrorists shot dead four soldiers in a jeep. They were guarding the home of the army Commander-in-Chief, General Florencio Gravigna. According to Government spokesmen, the soldiers were riddled with machine-gun bursts fired from a passing car....
A soldier on guard on the roof of the General's house returned the terrorists' fire but it was not immediately known if any of the attackers was hit... The terrorists were believed to be members of the Tupamar???s, a leftwing urban guerrilla organisation which has brought Uruguay to a state described in the national Congress as "internal war."...
Last month the Government of President Juan Maria Bordaberry and the armed forces were given special powers to combat the Tupamaros, and other leftwing groups, which in recent years have been responsible for a series of kidnapping, assassinations and bank raids. The special powers were originally granted for thirty days, but the time-limit was extended a further forty-five days when it expired a few days ago.
The Minister of Defence, General Magnani, visited the scene of the shooting and talked with troops on duty at the time. Thursday's shooting was the second involving armed forces in two months. In April, Tupamaros assassinated a naval officer, two police officers and a former Government official. In subsequent gun-battles with police eight Tupamaros were killed.