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Salvadorean vote counters threatened by death squad

A right-wing death squad said Wednesday it would ''punish'' election commissioners for bungling the organization of presidential balloting and called on the Army to play a role in counting the votes.

Provisional President Alvaro Magana meanwhile quoted Salvadorean intelligence officials saying Cuban-trained assassins had plotted to kill presidential candidates and other officials involved in Sunday's election. No such attacks had been made by Wednesday.

In a communique delivered to a San Salvador radio station, the Secret Anti-Communist Army described the five-member Central Elections Council as ''evil Salvadoreans'' who were ''playing the game of international communism.'' It was the first criticism by a death squad of the council.

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