Dominating the news from El Salvador are the shootings during street protests in front of the University of El Salvador which left two policemen dead and many wounded. Photos and video from the video taken by the media show masked persons firing an automatic weapon at police.
La Prensa has links to video reports here and here, and a photo gallery here.
El Diario de Hoy has a photo gallery from the protests. Diario CoLatino has its own photo collection here.
The Associated Press reports that police have arrested a participant in the shootings:
On Thursday, Interior Minister Rene Figueroa said police arrested Luis Antonio Herrador Funes, 37, who allegedly was captured on tape shielding a man who was shooting an M-16 rifle. Police were still looking for the shooter.
Herrador said he was a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front, or FMLN, but denied participating in the violence.
President Tony Saca blamed the violence on the FMLN, which fought a 12-year civil war against the government before becoming a political party in 1992.
Figueroa said he would take the government's complaint about alleged FMLN involvement in the clash to the United Nations, which had mediated talks that led to the group signing the 1992 peace accords and disarming.
"There is no doubt that the FMLN, besides being an opposition political party, maintains armed groups," Figueroa said. "Even they have said so."
Authorities said they found five grenades, an antique bazooka and a military shirt when they searched the university after the clash.
The conservative papers La Prensa and El Diario de Hoy lead their internet editions with the fact that the suspects are FMLN members and have participated in protests such as street closings in the past. El Diario asserts that the shooter was trained in Cuba.
El Salvador's Human Rights Ombudswoman Beatrice Carillo stated her belief that the shootings appeared to be the work of snipers intent on executing police. She urged calm and that a thorough investigation be conducted. She also urged that the situation not be politicized, a remark clearly aimed at Tony Saca and ARENA government officials who are blaming the FMLN for orchestrating the attacks.