Argentina The Battle of La Tablada

A shocked country worries about a return to terrorist violence

At 6:15 a.m., as the day dawned hot and sticky, a Renault 12, trailed by a Coca-Cola delivery truck and six other vehicles, wheeled past La Tablada army base, 20 miles southwest of Buenos Aires. Smashing through the front gate, at least 50 invaders leaped from the vehicles and opened fire with Belgian FAL rifles, 40-mm grenade launchers and Soviet RPG-7 and Chinese RPG-2 rocket launchers. Startled troops, reinforced by some 500 police, fought back. Nearly 30 hours later, when the shooting finally ended, 28 invaders lay dead and 20 were under guard; nine soldiers and police were killed and 53...

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