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Army Colonel Wounded In Rebel Ambush

December 11, 1986

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ Leftist rebels wounded a regional military commander and three soldiers in an ambush of a convoy Wednesday and attacked a bus, killing one passenger, the army said.

An Armed Forces Information Office statement said the rebels attacked the convoy in San Vicente province, 37 miles east of the capital. Col. Oscar Campos Anaya, who was on an inspection tour, was among four soldiers slightly wounded.

The army has increased its patrols in eastern El Salvador since Monday when the guerrillas declared a ban on road travel, the seventh this year. The rebels have since set up roadblocks and shot and burned vehicles defying the ban, cutting travel in the region by up to 90 percent.

The rebels also raked a bus with automatic weapons fire near Quezaltepeque, 14 miles northwest of San Salvador, killing one passenger and wounding two, the army statement said.

Earlier this week, it said, insurgents set fire to three private vehicles in different parts of the country, seized three trucks loaded with coffee in Santa Ana province, and battled army patrols in northern and eastern El Salvador. Seven guerrillas were killed in the fighting, the army said.

Human rights groups estimate more than 62,000 people have been killed, many of them civilians, since the rebels began fighting the U.S.-backed government seven years ago.

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