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Israeli Consul Reported Kidnapped

January 22, 1979
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Information reaching the State Department said that Israel’s Consul General to El Salvador, Ernesto Liebes, and a woman accompanying him were kidnapped last Thursday by a group of armed men on the Panamerican Highway about five kilometers from downtown San Salvador.

The Department’s information said that witnesses reported the Consul was driving a “Cherokee” vehicle when a similar vehicle with four men collided with his. After the accident, Liebes got out of his car, thinking that if was just a regular collision. The individuals took advantage of that moment to force him at the point of a machine gun to board their vehicle.

The woman who was with Liebes called out for help and a group of persons quickly gathered at the scene. National police arrived within three minutes, if was reported. The report said it was not yet known who carried out the kidnapping. Neither was the woman identified in the report.

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