Gunmen have killed El Salvador's ambassador to Japan in the latest eruption of violence in the country.
SVs Bodies of two young men at roadside surrounded by onlookers in San Salvador, El Salvador (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Body of one of the men with sign by head reading 'For Robbers'. Signed Escuadron de la Muerte (Squadron of death)
TRACKING SHOT Four other bodies in road surrounded by onlookers
SV Fiver bodies being lined up together in road (2 shots)
SCU PAN Crowd looking at bodies
SV Five bodies lined up on ground
GV & SV Workers clearing debris from bomb-damaged house with damaged vehicle in front of doorway (3 shots)
SV ZOOM OUT Armed policeman guarding house
GV Workers clearing debris from house
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Background: Gunmen have killed El Salvador's ambassador to Japan in the latest eruption of violence in the country. Mr Walter Beneke, a former Foreign Minister and Education Minister, was hist by machine gun bullets fired by a group of six men as he was getting out of his car at his home in San Salvador. The day before his death on Sunday(27 April) the bodies of eleven others killed in political violence were found in the capital, San Salvador, and at two nearby villages.
SYNOPSIS: The bodies of these two young men bearing the inscription 'For Robbers' and signed 'the squadron of death' were found in the capital on Saturday (26 April).
The bodies of a Catholic priest, Vicente Guarado, and three landowners from the village of Arce, thirty four kilometres (twenty miles) from San Salvador, were found at a ranch included in recent land reform measures.
On the outskirts of San Salvador five unidentified youths were found shot dead at the entrance to a cemetery. They joined the list of two thousand three hundred people estimated to have died in political violence in El Salvador in six months.
Their bodies were laid out on the road in front of a crowd for whom sights like this have become familiar.
Bombings have taken there toll as well. The home of a right-wing Broad National Front leader was destroyed in a bomb blast and there have been many other bombings, kidnappings, and shootings by both left and right wing death squads this moth. Many Salvadoreans fear that if the violence continues it could lead to all out civil war.