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Leftist guerrilla forces, in the face of a deteriorating military position, have sharply increased attacks on civilian authorities in small towns and villages of eastern El Salvador, the government said. The Salvadoran army reported that nine mayors have been kidnaped by insurgents since the beginning of the year--six of them in the last two weeks. It added that one was freed and two were killed. The army also calculated that 32 town halls have been sacked or burned since January.


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