INTRODUCTION: Left-wing guerrillas in El Salvador shot their way into a United States owned oil company in San Salvador on Monday (2 February) and set fire to one of the buildings.
GV Fire burning at United States oil company (3 shots)
SV Guards dive for cover during gunfire with fire in background
GV Fire engines and firemen putting out fire (2 shots)
GV Troops guarding area and checking traffic (4 shots)
GV Rescue truck on way to fire
GV Fire raging at building
GV Troops patrolling in nearby slum area
SV Body of victim on ground with people gathered around
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Left-wing guerrillas in El Salvador shot their way into a United States owned oil company in San Salvador on Monday (2 February) and set fire to one of the buildings. Two people died, apparently bystanders caught in the crossfire.
SYNOPSIS: The blaze started after the guerrillas fought their way past the guards at the offices of Esso Standard Oil and exploded several fire bombs inside. The bold daylight raid in El Salvador's capital damaged a truck loading bay. But the main offices of the New York-based company were untouched by the fire.
Other violence that day erupted 15 miles east of San Salvador. Government troops ambushed a force of some 200 guerrillas attempting to take the town of Tenancingo. Local residents said the troops were waiting in the town when the attack was made by rebels fighting to overthrow the ruling junta.
Government officials said troops also killed six people in San Salvador and five more in the provincial capital of Santa Ana. They were alleged to have violated the dusk-to-dawn curfew. The curfew was imposed last month after leftist guerrillas launched a general offensive aimed at seizing power in the Central American republic. It was confirmed on Monday that United States ambassador to El Salvador Robert White was relieved of his post for publicly criticizing U.S. policy. This included the granting of military aid to the civilian-military junta. Leftist fire-bomb attacks are thought to be a protest against this aid.