In El Salvador, guerrillas have claimed to have killed more than 2,000 government troops in six months of activity to overthrow the government of President Jose Napoleon Duarte.
GV Santa Ana Province: Children swimming in river PAN TO wrecked bridge.
SVs Damaged bridge. (2 SHOTS)
GV People standing on edge of broken section of bridge, PAN DOWN TO collapsed section with rubble.
GVs Wrecked bridge. (2 SHOTS)
GV River with collapsed bridge in background.
GV San Salvador: Street PAN TO damaged telephone kiosk.
CU Damaged telephone kiosk. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Wrecked telephone kiosk in another part of capital. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: In El Salvador, guerrillas have claimed to have killed more than 2,000 government troops in six months of activity to overthrow the government of President Jose Napoleon Duarte. In a clandestine radio report, the guerrillas said 400 acts of sabotage had been carried out throughout El Salvador. Strategic bridges, roads, power plants and transmission lines were the worst hit. One of the most recent targets was a bridge in the Santa Ana province, 100 kilometres from the capital, San Salvador. Six people were injured in the attack on Sunday (27 December). Telephone exchanges and other public facilities, mainly in San Salvador, have also become targets for the guerrillas' economic sabotage campaign. President Duarte, who leads El Salvador's military junta, said recently that the guerrilla campaign had made 1981 one of the hardest years in his country's history.