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Neteru
09-10-04, 10:55
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1967: Che Guevara 'shot dead'

Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara has reportedly been killed during a battle between army troops and guerillas in the Bolivian jungle.

A statement issued by the commander of the Eighth Bolivian Army Division, Colonel Joaquin Zenteno Anaya, said the 39-year-old guerrilla leader was shot dead near the jungle village of Higueras, in the south-east of the country.

Guevara, former right-hand man to Cuban prime minister, Fidel Castro, disappeared from the political scene in April 1965 and his whereabouts have been much debated since.

His death has been reported several times during the past two-and-a-half years, in the Congo and in the Dominican Republic, but has never been proven.

Intellectual force

In his statement, Colonel Anaya said Guevara was one of six guerrillas killed in today's battle. It is understood five Bolivian soldiers were also killed in the clash.

Guevara's body is due to be flown by helicopter to La Paz later today. It is understood that his hands have been amputated for identification purposes.

Full old story bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/9/newsid_3930000/3930193.stm)

Nicky
09-10-04, 11:45
Originally posted by Neteru:
His death has been reported several times during the past two-and-a-half years, in the Congo and in the Dominican Republic, but has never been proven.
His death is still doubted. Many claim he's changed identity and lives someplace else.

By the way, the other day I heard in the news that, according to recently discovered sources and documents, many political prisoners who were missing-presumed dead (presumably were executed after their arrest or were shot while in jail) since the years of dictatorship in Chile and other latinoamerican countries, were in fact abducted and thrown off planes alive - most of them died, but a few managed to survive.

[ 09. October 2004, 12:46: Message edited by: Nicky ]