Honduras: Striking At the Sandinistas

Striking At the Sandinistas

Assaults into Nicaragua by anti-Sandinista guerrillas have in the past provoked occasional Nicaraguan shelling of border towns in neighboring Honduras, where the U.S.-backed contras of the Nicaraguan Democratic Force maintain their base camps. The most recent raid, late last week, drew an unusually heavy Nicaraguan mortar barrage near the town of Arenales; one Honduran soldier was killed and eight others were wounded. In response, the Honduran air force dispatched, for the first time, some of its U.S.-made F-86 jet fighters to attack Nicaraguan positions. The Hondurans said the aircraft fired on Sandinista troop concentrations and shot down a Nicaraguan helicopter.

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