Leftwing militants who staged attacks on government and foreign-owned buildings in El Salvador have released 220 hostages, but they're still holding 150 others.
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SV PAN: Demonstrators gathered outside Farmers Bank
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Background: Leftwing militants who staged attacks on government and foreign-owned buildings in El Salvador have released 220 hostages, but they're still holding 150 others. And the militants have pledged to intensify their campaign against the joint civilian-military Junta.
SYNOPSIS: The release of the hostages by the leftist Popular Revolutionary Bloc came as another group of militants claimed responsibility for two bomb attacks int he capital San Salvador. The rightist Front to Liberate Central America from Communism said it carried out Tuesday's (19 February) attack on a local radio station. The pre-dawn blast destroyed the offices and studios of radio Y.S.A.X. The station, owned by the Roman Catholic Church had repeatedly denounced alleged human rights violations by authorities. The front also claimed responsibility for a blast that caused minor damage to a library at the Central American university. Another unexploded bomb, was found in the university's printing press.
On the day of the bombings five thousand members of the Popular Revolutionary Bloc staged a demonstration through the streets of San Salvador. Armed with submachine guns, pistols and gasoline bombs the demonstrators marched past buildings where many o??? the hostages had been kept.
At the National Agricultural Bank the militants released one hundred hostages and joined the marchers. The 150 people still being held include 120 detained since Monday (18 February) at an Education Ministry office in the capital and at a Labour Ministry office in Santa Ana, 40 miles (64 kilometres) west of San Salvador.
Another thirty people are being held at the Jesuit Central American University. Sixty hostages taken here at a state owned sewerage works were among those freed along with a similar number from the Foreign Trade Institute. But the militants say the releases will not affect their plans to step up the campaign against the Junta.