Captain admits role in bishop's death

March 24, 2006 at 4:27 PM

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, March 24 (UPI) -- A former El Salvador air force captain has admitted to playing a role in the killing of a prominent bishop from that country in 1980, El Nuevo Herald reported.

Alvaro Saravia said he is willing to break his 26-year silence regarding the death of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero and name other people involved in an upcoming book.

The death of Romero, in part, kicked off a 12-year civil war in El Salvador that resulted in the deaths of some 75,000 people.

Saravia was a close aide to the late Roberto D'Aubuisson, an alleged death squad leader who founded the Nationalist Republican Alliance, which is currently in power.

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