Spy chief sacked

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MONTEVIDEO (Reuter) - President Luis Alberto Lacalle has replaced the army general who headed Uruguay's intelligence service. Mr Lacalle removed General Mario Aguerrondo, director of the Defence Ministry's intelligence department, on Friday after army officers shocked Uruguay by taking part in the abduction of a Chilean believed to be a former secret police agent.

After the kidnapping, rumours of military unease prompted Mr Lacalle to cut short a trip to Britain and return home on Thursday. General Aguerrondo, who will remain in the army as head of the Arms and Combat Services School, will be replaced by General Luis Abraham.