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Prelate Reports 32 Deaths in a Week of Salvadoran Violence

December 09, 1985|From Reuters

SAN SALVADOR — A Salvadoran prelate said Sunday that 32 people were killed in political violence during the week that ended last Thursday, five of them probably murdered by death squads.

Auxiliary Archbishop Gregorio Rosa Chavez said in a homily that one of the victims was a Catholic lay worker found beheaded in the church of the town of Soyopango.

A previously unknown death squad calling itself the Protector Army of Santa Ana claimed responsibility Saturday for the murders of three youths apparently strangled in western Santa Ana province.

More than 50,000 people, mostly civilians, have died during the nearly six-year-old civil war between left-wing guerrillas and the U.S.-backed government.

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