In El Salvador, the ruling Junta has announced a 30-day state of siege as its response to increased guerrilla activity, which is itself seen as a prelude to presidential elections later this month (March).
LV/GV Soldiers standing beside blazing tanker (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Flames coming out of tanker
GV PAN Bus passing burning tanker
GV Salvadorean soldiers on roadside with burning tanker in background
GVs PULL BACK Tow-truck approaching remains of tanker (2 shots)
GV PAN Wreckage of second vehicle (2 shots)
GV Sign post PAN TO bus and other traffic on road
GV PAN Telegraph cables pulled down by roadside. Sign reading: "Usulutan: 39 kilometres"
GV Garage sign post
GV TRACKING SHOT Gutted garage
SV PULL BACK GV Felled telegraph poles PAN TO gutted garage
GV People walking down roadside
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Background: In El Salvador, the ruling Junta has announced a 30-day state of siege as its response to increased guerrilla activity, which is itself seen as a prelude to presidential elections later this month (March). Guerrilla hit-and-run attacks on economic installations have increased in recent weeks, and the road linking the capital San Salvador to the eastern province of Usulutan has been the scene of much disruption. In one incident, left-wing guerrillas opposed to the American-backed Junta, commandeered a tanker, then set it on fire. Telegraph poles along the roadside had been torn down and petrol stations burned down. Usulutan has been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting between government forces and guerrillas. Government troops said they had retrieved much of it from guerrilla hands during an operation in February. The guerrillas have said they retreated intact.