Nicaragua Coping with The Contras

As Congress wavers, Sandinista confidence grows

Sunrise was more than an hour off, and most of Managua was still asleep when the bombs exploded. "The earth moved," recalled Sergio Cano, a laborer. "We thought the gringos had started bombing." The blast in the Nicaraguan capital signaled neither an earthquake nor an armed invasion from the north but an unusually bold contra attack on an electrical tower. While residents slumbered in the dusty neighborhood of Domitila Lugo, rebels had scaled the high-voltage pylon and placed explosives on the metal crossbars. The explosion shattered windows and broke dishes in nearby homes, but no one was hurt. Indeed, electrical service...

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