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Honduran Police Link Salvadoran, Honduras Rebels

May 19, 1990

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Authorities have found a large arms cache hidden by leftist Salvadoran rebels who came to Honduras to back anti-government guerrillas in this country, a police chief said Friday.

The weapons included 218 mortar rounds, automatic rifles, heavy machine guns and 165 pounds of dynamite, said police Col. Paris Rivera.

″It was an arsenal to perpetrate all kinds of crimes in Honduras,″ he declared.

The arms were discovered from information provided by a rebel arrested in Honduras about a month ago, said Rivera, chief of the 2nd police district.

Speaking at news conference at his headquarters in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, he identified the arrested rebel as 31-year-old Marcelo Guzman.

The police chief said Guzman had admitted he was a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front. The group, also known as the FMLN, has been trying to overthrow successive governments in neighboring El Salvador for more than a decade.

Guzman was living in San Pedro Sula, Honduras’ second largest city about 120 miles north of Tegucigalpa, while posing as a businessman, Rivera said. The weapons were found in the nearby town of Potrerillos.

″I’m very worried by what is happening,″ Rivera said. ″It is surprising what the FMLN was planning to do in Honduras. ... It was planning to support Honduran guerrilla groups to destabilize President Rafael Leonardo Callejas’ administration.″

A small leftist guerrilla group has been active in this country for nearly a decade. In the past, it has limited itself mostly to exploding bombs and other terrorist attacks without mounting major military offensives.

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