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Gunmen killed the wife of a conservative Salvadoran journalist and seriously wounded the couple's son in a fusillade of machine gun fire Tuesday as she drove the boy to school, the Armed Forces said.

The unidentified assailants riddled Elvira Sanchez de Fuentes' car in a machine gun attack at 6:10 a.m. in southern San Salvador, the capital of the Central American nation wracked by a decade of civil war.Sanchez de Fuentes was the wife of Luis Fuentes, prominent editor of the conservative daily El Diario de Hoy, and mother of a high-ranking official within the Salvadoran Army.

The couple's 12-year-old son, Oscar, was "seriously wounded" by the gunmen who fired on the car as the boy's mother drove him to school, the armed forces spokesman said.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, although an army spokesman who asked for anonymity blamed the rebel Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front.

The FMLN has waged a 10-year-old war against the U.S.-backed Salvadoran government, a conflict that has cost more than 70,000 lives, most of them civilians. A round of peace talks has been scheduled for later this month.

Fuentes said he did not know who carried out the attack, and no group immediately claimed responsibility.

"I cannot put the responsibility for this appalling attack against my wife and son on anyone," Fuentes said. "We have never received threats, and I do not know who could have done it."

But the army spokesman who requested anonymity said, "This attack against the mother of a high official in the artillery was committed by the FMLN."