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Defense chief says Salvador has napalm but hasn't used it

A top Salvadorean official acknowledged for the first time Monday that his country has stocks of napalm fire-bombs but has not used them. Defense Minister Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova said the Air Force has about 25 napalm bombs ''but as far as I know they have never been used and the planes do not even have the equipment to fire or drop them.''

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Some US aid groups charged recently that the bombs had been used and said they had seen napalm burns on civilians.