NICARAGUA: More Blasts from the Bunker

Somoza recaptures Managua, but the end of his era seems near

Like a boxer who goes into the last round knowing that he needs a knockout to win, President General Anastasio ("Tacho") Somoza Debayle last week threw every punch he could muster at his opponents. From his windowless bunker in Nicaragua's embattled capital of Managua, he ordered air force helicopters to drop 500-lb. bombs and oil drums filled with liquid explosives on the barrios that rebels of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (F.S.L.N.) have controlled for the past three weeks. The savage...

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