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    LA COLONIA AREA, NICARAGUA

    Nicaragua's Sandinista government has launched a campaign against counter-revolutionary forces in the north of the country.

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    1. TGV & TV Soldiers climbing mountain path (2 shots) 0.19
    2. GV PAN, GV, GV PAN Wrecked buildings in La Colonia, attacked by Contra guerrillas the previous day (3 shots) 0.51
    3. GVs Militia with rifles training (2 shots) (La Sorpresa Camp) 1.22
    4. CUs & SVs Militia on parade (5 shots) 1.38
    5. GV Consuelo military outpost, SV man digging trench (2 shots) 1.47
    6. GV, CU & GV Troops watch while men dig trench (3 shots) 2.08
    7. GV & SV Militiamen seated on log (2 shots) 2.14
    8. GV Men hacking down bushes, GV PAN Ditto (2 shots) 2.39
    9. GV, SV & GVs Troops run to vehicles, climb in, vehicles drive off (4 shots) 3.05
    10. GV Militiamen leave camp (2 shots) 3.22
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    Background: LA COLONIA AREA, NICARAGUA

    Nicaragua's Sandinista government has launched a campaign against counter-revolutionary forces in the north of the country. Amid rumours of an imminent attack from Honduras, a four-day operation was launched along the border with Honduras on April 8. A three-hundred-strong force of Sandinista soldiers moved into the mountainous region to seek out groups of Contra guerrillas reported to have attacked local villages. The Contras are made up of supporters of former President Somoza, and have been operating in groups of about 60 to break down Sandinista control in the area. Sandinista troops of the Company Sixty-Eleven came across evidence of attacks by the Contras, notably in the town of La Colonia, where Contra uniforms and mortar shells were found. Damaged houses and abandoned enemy weapons further testified to a recent attack, but the group of about 70 Contras said to have taken part in the offensive had fled by the time Sandinista troops reached the town. There is widespread belief in Nicaragua that a Honduran invasion will take place very soon. The government, announcing that the country was being put on a war footing, predicted a shortage of basic products while resources were diverted to the campaign against counter-revolutionaries. The authorities have called on the people of Nicaragua to prepare for eventual aggression by the Honduran army, and to defend the country against direct intervention by the United States. On April 14, President Reagan denied that Washington was trying to overthrow the government in Managua. He said the only U.S. action there was to try and restrain Nicaragua's supply of arms to El Salvador. The United States is building a radar base in Honduras, which is capable of monitoring flights from Nicaragua.

    Source: REUTERS - MICHELE TAVERNA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4FH6UP6QC87ZFJ0ZMTLPAAJ6O
    Media URN:
    VLVA4FH6UP6QC87ZFJ0ZMTLPAAJ6O
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:20:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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