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Army Steps Up Guard After Attack on President

March 28, 1996

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ The military says it will reinforce security for President Carlos Roberto Reina following a bomb attack that damaged his home.

Armed forces chief Gen. Mario Hung Pacheco issued the order on Wednesday, according to military spokesman Col. Anibal Burgos. Details were not released.

A homemade bomb hurled from a passing car exploded Tuesday night in the garage of Reina’s house, damaging the building and a car parked there. No one was injured.

First reports described the device as a grenade. But police spokesman Capt. Danilo Orellana said a preliminary investigation found the device ``was made of dynamite and was rigged by professionals in explosives.″

Police and troops set up security cordons around the capital and other parts of the country to search for the car from which the bomb was thrown, as well as another car now believed involved in the attack.

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