URUGUAY: Machine Gun in the Lettuce

The first political kidnaping of 1971 was pulled off one morning last week with a panache born of practice. As a street vendor in the Old City of Montevideo reached into the pile of lettuce on his pushcart and pulled out a machine gun, four cars blocked the route of a black Daimler sedan. Out jumped a dozen men, who seized and clubbed two bodyguards and a chauffeur, and drove off triumphantly in the Daimler with their latest captive—and their biggest prey to date: British Ambassador to Uruguay Geoffrey Jackson, 55.

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