El Salvador: Brutal Law of The Land

Brutal Law of The Land

Early-morning commuter traffic clogged the intersection when the armored Cherokee station wagon eased to a halt at a red light in downtown San Salvador. A moment later a man darted forward, placed a bomb on the car roof, then fled just before the explosion. The driver and a bodyguard escaped with minor injuries. But the man in the back seat was killed. He was Attorney General Roberto Garcia Alvarado, the highest-ranking government official to be slain in a war that has claimed some 70,000 lives over the past nine years.

President-elect Alfredo Cristiani blamed leftist guerrillas for the assassination. Charging that...

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