INTRODUCTION: The U.S. State Department has announced it is lifting restrictions on aid to El Salvador, where left-wing guerrillas are fighting to overthrow the ruling civilian-military junta.
GV PAN Road littered with crates and shattered beer bottles beside truck.
SV Driver looking over wreckage.
GV Man picking up bottles and putting them into crate.
SV PAN Armed men standing guard over wreckage.
GV PAN Truck and wreckage on road and bodies of three men on roadside. (2 SHOTS)
CU Note left by killers.
SV Bodies of 2 decapitated victims.
SV Passenger bus slows down at scene of killings and leaves.
SCU & PULL BACK TO GV Severed heads beside bodies.
CU PULL BACK Second note left by killers TO SV OF victims.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The U.S. State Department has announced it is lifting restrictions on aid to El Salvador, where left-wing guerrillas are fighting to overthrow the ruling civilian-military junta. The regime stopped getting military and economic aid under the Carter administration, after the deaths of four Americans in El Salvador last December. In one of the most recent incidents of the undeclared civil war two people murdered and decapitated on Wednesday (11 February).
SYNOPSIS: A truck was used to block the road in San Marcos Lempa, 83 miles (140 kms) from the capital, San Salvador. The victims were among dozens who die each day in El Salvador. At least half the dead are innocent civilians caught n crossfire between the guerrillas and government troops.
El Salvador is one of the world's poorest countries. Left-wing guerrillas are fighting to gain land control for the people. A U.S. land reform programme has failed, with thousands of peasants being evicted from their land, or given plots too small to farm. National security forces are alleged to have intimidated peasants into leaving their land.
The killers left a note, but it was not immediately clear whether they were government supporters or left-wing guerrillas. However, decapitation is a trademark of right-wing death squads loyal to the government.
Another note from the killers was found at the scene, but neither victims nor killers have been identified. More than 13 thousand people have died in El Salvador in the last 14 months.