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Armed men burn records of agency dedicated to finding missing children of El Salvador war

El Salvador's national fire department says armed men have stolen computers and burned archives of an agency investigating complaints that nearly 1,000 children went missing from the country's 1980-1992 civil war.

Sgt. Armando Pineda says the men entered the offices of the Probusqueda Association for Missing Children and set fire to archives.

Director Ester Alvarenga says the incident early Thursday morning is "sabotage" and "an attack on our work."

She says she has not been allowed to enter and doesn't know what's missing.

Human Rights prosecutor David Morales asked the attorney general to make the investigation into the attack a priority.

In 20 years of operation, Probusqueda has received 921 reports of missing children and helped 235 of them reunite with their families.