Clipped From Panama City News-Herald
Leftist Guerrillas Gun 3 In Early Morning Hit SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) - Leftist guerrillas firing submachine guns ambushed and Itilied the rector of the University of El Salvador and two other men today, police said. A police report said the 52year-old rector, Carlos Alfaro Castillo, was instantly killed in the attack at 7.30 a.m. at the entrance of the university campus. His driver, Jose Antonio Argueta Lopez, 32, and Francisco Humberto Romero Benitez, a 28-year-oId bodyguard, were also slain. The Farabundo Marti Popular Liberation Forces, a leftwing terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the triple assassination in leaflets strewn on the scene of the attack. reliable police sources said. Detectives quickly collected the pamphlets and would not disclose their contents. The police sources said the killings may be the signal for a new outbreak of terrorist violence in this tiny, troubled Central American nation. The PLF, as it is known by its initials, has been responsible for a number of political killings and kidnapings during the past two years, and at least 50 bomb attacks most of them without causing victims in the last month or so. It claims it wants to launch a revolution in the country to set up a socialist regime. PLF members kidnaped Foreign Minister Mauricio Borgonovo in April and shot him Think Savings Security dead three weeks later when the government refused to release 36 political prisoners in exchange for him. They also shot dead former President Osmin Aguirre Salinas, 86, two months ago In an act of political vengeance. Witnesses'said seven men and one woman riding two pick-up utility vehicles closed in from both sides on the rector's white sedan as it neared the university gates and ofiened fire. The woman was seen at the wheel of one of the vehicles. Police said the terrorists used Ml rifles, 9mm automatic weapons and 12-gauge shotguns. The white Mazda-220 was riddled with more than SO bullet holes and morgue attendants counted "more than 15 bullet wounds on the rector's body." A dentist by profession, Alfaro Castillo was a member of a wealthy family traditionally linked with right-wing groups. His brother, Jaime, is general manager of the National Association of Private Businesses, an Influential organization of Ei Salvador business representatives. Alfaro Castillo himself has had repeated trouble with leftist student groups since he became rector of the university In 1974. He was involved in a reorganization of the university ordered by then President Col. Arturo Arma do Molina two years ago to "clear it of leftist elements." Col. Molina closed the university for more than a year in 1972 claiming it was "a center •> of Communist subversion." Asked by reporters if the family planned a mourning Mass for his slain brother, Jaime Alfaro Castillo curtly replied: "No."