bankers were kidnaped in El Salvador today, a week after the abduction of a Dutch executive by leftist guerrillas whose demands were published in at least two North American newspapers.
The bankers were kidnaped early Friday near the Bank Of London and Montreal, a bank employe said. Manager Ian Massie and Michael Chatterton, an assistant manager at the bank, were seized shortly after midnight, the employe said. There was no explanation why they were near the bank at that hour and information was sketchy.
Police declined to answer questions on the reported kidnap.
The bank, one of the largest in this country of 4 million, is near the Plaza de la Libertad, in the business district.
On Nov. 24, Frits Schuitema, manager of a San Salvador subsidiary of the Dutch-based electronics company Philips, was kidnaped by five terrorists who intercepted his car near his office.
The kidnapers identified themselves as members of the Armed Forces of National Resistance, a leftist guerrilla gang that seeks to overthrow President Carlos Humberto Romero's military-backed government. They said they wanted $1 million and threatened to shoot Schuitema unless their demands were published in 32 newspapers abroad.
Two-page ads placed by Philips and written in Spanish appeared today in The New York Times and The Toronto Globe and Mail. The ads, estimated to cost some $19,000, attacked American and Western imperialism, several Latin American governments and criticized other leftist groups within El Salvador, especially the Communist Party. The abductors earlier had demanded that Philips distribute $2 million worth of food to the poor in El Salvador.