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S. African TV cameraman killed in Salvadoran blast

Ian Mates, a South African television cameraman covering El Salvador's undeclared civil war, was killed early Tuesday, a day after his vehicle detonated a land mine.

Meanwhile, leftists battled to take over a major town east of the capital, but their call for a general strike appeared to go largely unheeded. Leftists have apparently failed in their effort to spark a general insurrection. But diplomatic sources said the government's claims of total victory were exaggerated.

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In Guatemala, informed sources said the increasing number of battles between police and leftists there could be re lated to El Salvador's guerrilla offensive.