2 ‘contra’ groups take credit for attack in San Pedro del Norte

At least two different groups of alleged rearmed contras are claiming credit for a fatal firefight with Nicaraguan security forces Saturday the rural area of San Pedro del Norte, in the municipality of Bocana de Paiwas, in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS).

The first is shadowy self-professed contra group known as “CGN- 380,” which claims the attack was led by guerrilla leaders using the code names Noe, Enmanuel, Huracan, Moreno and Karate. According to a communiqué, the CGN-380 claim they killed five Nicaraguan soldiers and cops and injured eight more during a commando raid that lasted more than an hour. The group claims that three contra fighters were injured in the gun battle, which occurred in the small hours of Saturday morning.

The CGN-380 claims the attack was part of a “patriotic struggle and resistance against the narco-dictatorship of Ortega-Murillo,” as well as against the “military presence of Cuba, Russia and China in Nicaragua,” according to its communique.

The daily La Prensa reports that a second alleged contra group,The Armed Forces of National Salvation, also claimed responsibility for the attack. That group said that three soldiers were killed and “more than a dozen were injured.” According to La Prensa, the intent of the attack was to burn the local police station.

A spokesman for the Nicaraguan Army confirmed that one solider was killed in the firefight, but would not comment further, according to La Prensa. Nicaraguan officials insist the gun fight was with “delinquents” and not rearmed rebels. Nicaraguan authorities claim the gunfight was over local property disputes.

Still, the weekend attack is one of the few that Nicaraguan authorities have acknowledged. Other recent claims of contra attacks on rural outposts have gone unreported by the press and ignored by Nicaraguan authorities. The Nicaraguan Army did not respond to media requests for comment on reports from an alleged contra group known as the URN, which claims it killed four Nicaragua soldiers and injured eight others in a July 20 firefight in the mountains of Yalí, Jinotega. It remains unclear whether that attack really occurred.

Whoever was behind the Saturday morning attack in San Pedro del Norte, the group was apparently well-armed and ready for battle, according to local residents interviewed by La Prensa.

  • Pepe Turcon

    All bets are off….
    Is not hard to imagine what the next “message” will be after the July 19th Massacre then that was a message to the owner of the now called FSLN. The next will probably be to those supporting him and who do think that is…?
    Sad the fact Nica could be taking this road as they should try to talk it out. Be patient and consider what is happening as part of the democratic process. After all, look at Europe and how long it took them to take that path.
    Praying is the best advice I can give…

  • Gilberto Urroz

    The word “delinquent” in English means somebody who hasn’t turned in their assignments at school or who is missing from school. The Spanish word “delincuente”, on the other hand, means a criminal person. The correct translation for “delincuentes” is “common criminals,” not “delinquents.”

  • Someday right will conquer man

    Comodante 380 out of Miami has changed its name. Castillo and Rubi are at it again.

    Beware of any U.S. Help from any source. The United States speaks with a forked tongue

    Here is a poem I am working on. It isabout intervention in Central America by outside sources.

    LEAVE ME BE TO BE ME

    LEAVE ME BE TO BE ME PLEASE
    YOU THE NORTHERN WIND, AMERICA
    MOTHER AND FATHER OF FREEDOM LET
    MY NATION AND MY PEOPLE NICARAGUA
    ALWAYS WANTING TO BE A BEE
    NOTHING ELSE, JUST ME, FREE

    IN EIGHTEEN TWENTY-ONE I WAS FREE
    MY FLOWERS BLOSSOMED AS BEES
    SWEETENED MY LAND ALWAYS ASKING PLEASE
    WHAT CAN I DO FOR THEE, MY NICARAGUA
    MY GENTLE MOTHER, LETTING
    OUR NATION BE LIKE AMERICA

    YOU THE NORTHERN WIND, AMERICA
    READ MY WORDS IN THE LETTERS

    POETIC PLEAS
    SIMPLE REQUEST TO BE
    A LAND OF PEOPLE FREE

    MY LITTLE NICARAGUANITA
    NICARAGUANITA, MY NICARAGUANITA

    OH HOW CAN IT BE
    WE CAN NOT BE FREE
    FOR THE NORTHERN WIND, AMERICA
    USING FALICIOUS LETTERS
    TELLING LIES AND PLEADING POLICTICAL PLEASANTRIES

    PAINTING THE DREAMS OF AMERICA
    NOT THE DREAMS NICARAGUANS WANT TO BECOME

    NOT THE DREAMS OF DICTATORS FREEZING
    MURDERING THE POETS, OUR WRITERS OF LETTERS
    DRINKING THE BLOOD OF NICARGUGA

    OH NICARAGUA! OH NICARAGUA!
    WHEN SHALT THOU BE FREE