(posted July 20, 6:00 pm) — Nicaraguan police have detained four suspects who are being questioned for their alleged role in this morning’s massacre of five people in coordinated assaults on two buses in Matagalpa.
Nicaraguan Police Chief Aminta Granera said four suspects have been taken into custody for questioning. She did not say who the suspects were, or what their alleged motivation was.
Meanwhile, an unknown self-proclaimed rearmed contra group calling itself the Armed Forces for National Salvation- Army of the People (FASN-EP) has claimed responsibility for the attack on social media. The group, which was unknown before today, and claims it will fight state terrorism with terrorism of its own, said “We have no reason to fear the oppressor.” The group, whose alleged membership is unknown, claims that Sunday’s attack is “just an example of the operations we have coordinated on a national level.”
It’s not clear who FASN-EP is, whether they are real or responsible for the attack. Other alleged contra groups consulted today by The Nicaragua Dispatch distanced themselves from the massacre.
A group called the URN, which claims to be the largest rebel group operating in Nicaragua, said it thinks the Sandinistas orchestrated the attacks to justify a “massive military offensive” into the mountains of Nicaragua to eliminate ensconced contra fighters.