URGENT Four Held in Bombing That Injured U.S. Servicemen
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Honduran authorities said Wednesday they had arrested four people in a restaurant bombing that wounded five U.S. servicemen, and they said the attack was part of a destabilization campaign by foreign leftists.
Several other suspects were being sought in the Aug. 8 pipe bomb explosion in the town of Comayagua, near the Palmerola air base where 1,200 U.S. soldiers are stationed, the armed forces press office said in a brief statement late Wednesday.
The statement was issued after a meeting of President Jose Azcona Hoyo, armed forces chief Gen. Humberto Regalado Hernandez, the 50-member National Security Council consisting of high-ranking officers, and other government leaders including the heads of the Supreme Court, the national Congress and political parties.
The bomb was placed in a window of a Chinese restaurant popular with U.S. servicemen in Comayagua, located 55 miles north of Tegucigalpa and 7 miles north of the Palmerola base.
″In their interrogation the (suspects) revealed the existence of a dangerous plan of subversive destabilization in the country through the execution of numerous terrorist attacks in combination with directions emanating from international leftist organizations,″ the statement said.
It did not further identify the ″leftist organization.″
The statement said the four in custody were arrested in Comayagua but did not say when they were detained.
It identified the four only as Francisco Cruz Galeano, Alex Fernando Castro Martinez, Mariano Lagos Donaire and Rafael Flores and said they were charged with conspiracy.
Some of the four were also involved in the Aug. 18 bombing of the rectory building of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, the statement said. That bombing caused little damage.
The statement declared the armed forces’ ″firm determination to proceed energetically and with all the means within our reach against the elements who, answering to interests foreign and inappropriate to our democratic way of feeling and thinking, are trying to create a climate of tension and anarchy in Honduras, doing violence to the peaceful system of life in the country.″