INTRODUCTION: El Salvador's Government has reacted to a notable fall in the level of violence in the Central American country, reducing the extent of the nightly curfew by one hour.
GV Ambushed Green Cross truck.
SV ZOOM IN Green Cross man pointing out bullet holes in roof.
SV Blood spattered interior of truck. (2 SHOTS)
SV Young guerrilla with rifle as green Cross man walks past.
SV Young woman guerrilla with .38 pistol.
SV Green Cross vehicle leaving scene.
GV National Guardsmen patrolling streets.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: El Salvador's Government has reacted to a notable fall in the level of violence in the Central American country, reducing the extent of the nightly curfew by one hour. The curfew, which now runs for six hours between 2300 local and 0500 local time, was first imposed in January this year in response to an offensive by leftist guerrillas seeking to oust the ruling military junta. While the curfew has been reduced, the country remains tense, with outbreaks of sporadic violence.
SYNOPSIS: One such incident occurred on Friday (5 June) when a Green Cross truck was ambushed during a journey form the capital, San Salvador, to the township of Cinquera.
The ambush took place east of San Salvador, at a spot notorious for guerrilla attacks. Leftist guerrillas at first were blamed, but later denied any involvement.
Two Green Cross employees were wounded in the ambush, along with a civilian. Also aboard the truck were newsmen from Norway and Brazil, in addition to a woman from the Irish Times and a news agency photographer, but they were unhurt.
The guerrillas were on the scene of the time of the attack, but they say they were not responsible in any way. Before the truck left the ambush point, the attackers had stripped the Green Cross employees of their clothes, and forced them to run nine kilometres (5.5 miles) in the rain. They eventually arrived safely at a nearby town. Guerrillas have blamed the attack on common thieves and no accusations were made against national guardsmen.