A member of El Salvador's ruling junta, Adolfo Majano, escaped assassination in a bazooka attack by alleged right wing extremists in San Salvador on Monday (3 November).
GV (MUTE) Soldiers at site of bazooka attack in San Salvador El Salvador
GV Soldier ZOOM TO Demolished building
GV AND SV Wreckage of car (3 shots)
SV Officials study hole where missile exploded TILT TO Wrecked building nearby
SV PAN People standing near wrecked building
GV People milling around area with wrecked car in background TILT DOWN TO Hole where missile exploded
SAN PAN Injured leaving building after treatment
SV PAN Damaged buildings (4 shots)
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Background: A member of El Salvador's ruling junta, Adolfo Majano, escaped assassination in a bazooka attack by alleged right wing extremists in San Salvador on Monday (3 November). Extremists of both sides were more successful in other attacks the same day, leaving twenty bodies around the capital.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Majano, the former head of the civilian-military junta, was on his way home when the attackers fired two missiles at his motorcade. Both missed the car and Majano escaped unharmed, but twenty people, including two of his guards, were injured and buildings in the area damaged.
Colonel Majano is regarded as a liberal and is supported by both moderates and the less extreme leftists, but his power in the military has been seriously eroded by right wing officers. He was removed as head of the junta--but remained a member--because of his alleged links with leftists.
Colonel Majano claimed his attackers were members of extreme right-wing organisations opposing the changes carried out by the revolutionary junta.
In another section of the city the International Affairs Council President, Manuel Rivas, was ambushed and killed. The Peoples Liberation Forces (FBL), an extreme leftist group, claimed responsibility for the killing. El Salvador's Catholic Church says about 22 thousand people have been killed this year in the continuing political violence between left-wing guerrillas and security forces backed by rightist groups.