NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DAILY CABLE: BOLIVIA

Created: 5/17/1976

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HW. Tne assassination last waek in Paris of General Joaquin Zenteno, Bolivian ambassador to France,arked similarity to the murder of Colonel Ramon Trabal, the Uruguayan military attache who was shot in his Paris apartraent in

Both men had prominent roles in eradicating leftfsT^subversive groups in their own countries before being posted to Paris. Trabal served as chief of military security in Uruguay andrimary responsibility for planning and directing the campaign against the Tupamaros. He reportedly wasiplomatic assignment at the request of army superiors who resented his ambition and ability.

| Zenteno achieved international prominence7 for tracking down and capturing Che Guevara; he later became commander in chief of the armedsecond most powerful position in Bolivia. He went into "golden exile"3erious disagreement with President Banzer over administrative and political matters.

| In each case previously unknown terrorist groups claimed, responsibility for theroup calling itself

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the Raul Sendia International. Brigade (named for the founder of the Tupamaros) took credit fornd the "Che Guevara International Brigade" claims it eliminated Zenteno.

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