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El Salvador Police: Soldier Kills 7

June 2, 2000

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ A drunken soldier opened fire on a military patrol with an automatic rifle Friday, killing seven people, police said.

Police and soldiers were on a routine joint patrol near the village of El Tablon, about 120 miles east of the capital, when one of the soldiers, Luis Navarrette, opened fire, according to police officials.

Three soldiers, one policeman and three civilians who lived beside the site of the shooting were killed.

Police were hunting for the attacker.

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