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Gunmen Kill Salvadoran Journalist’s Wife

October 10, 1989

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ Unidentified gunmen ambushed a Salvadoran journalist’s car Tuesday, killing his wife and seriously wounded their son, police said.

A police spokesman identified the victim as Edelmira Fuentes, 45, the wife of Luis Fuentes, an editor with El Diario de Hoy, a conservative newspaper.

Oscar Fuentes, 21, the son who was driving the car, was seriously wounded in the attack near the family home in the southwestern sector of the capital, according to the spokesman, who insisted on anonymity for security reasons.

At the time of the attack, Luis Fuentes was not in the car, which was struck by more than 20 bullets.

No group claimed responsibility for the ambush and police said they had no clue as to the identity of the attackers.

″We don’t have the slightest idea who was responsible,″ said Rolando Monterrosa, Diario de Hoy’s news editor.

The newspaper’s director, Enrique Altamirano, announced the attack to delegates at the Inter-American Press Association’s annual meeting in Monterrey, Mexico.

″The attack clearly came from the extreme left,″ said Altamirano, who also defended the conduct of President Alfredo Cristiani’s conservative government.

The armed forces press office said Mrs. Edelmira Fuentes ″was assassinated at 6:30 a.m. by urban terrorists,″ a term the military often use when they are referring to urban commandos of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front leftist guerrillas.