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Salvador’s top court orders massacre probe

Updated Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 | 2:51 p.m.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors must investigate the massacre of 45 farmers allegedly at the hands of the military during the country's civil war, heeding a decades-long claim by the victims' relatives.

In its resolution announced late Wednesday, the top court ordered "a thorough, serious, diligent and conclusive investigation done within a reasonable amount of time."

The court says investigators need to find out what happened July 25, 1981 in the town of San Francisco Angulo, 46 miles (75 kilometers) east of the capital, San Salvador.

A judge ordered an investigation after the remains of 30 people, including several children, were exhumed in 2005 but prosecutors ignored the order.

In all, 75,000 people died and thousands more were left missing during the war between 1979 and 1992.