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Bomb Wrecks Broadcaster’s Car

August 5, 1986

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ A bomb planted in the car of a leading Honduran radio broadcaster blew up, wrecking the vehicle and damaging his home, police sources said.

The sources, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, said there were no reports of injuries in the Monday bombing apparently directed at Rodrigo Wong Arevalo.

Wong Arevalo, 40, is the general manager of Radio America, one of Honduras’ principal radio stations. He is also director of the radio station’s news programs and a strong critic of both the U.S. military and Nicaraguan Contra rebels’ presence in Honduras.

The police sources said the bomb was planted in Wong Arevalo’s car, and that it exploded in his garage, destroying the structure and wrecking part of the broadcaster’s home in the La Primavera district on the south side of Tegucigalpa.

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.

The United States has been holding military exercises regularly in Honduras as a deterrent to possible border attacks by forces loyal to the leftist Sandinista regime in neighboring Nicaragua.

Relations have been tense between Honduras and Nicaragua since the Sandinistas came to power seven years ago, and Contra rebels have established secret bases on the border inside Honduras in their fight to overthrow the Sandinistas.

The United States supports the rebels, claiming the Sandinistas’ close ties to Cuba and the Soviet Union threaten security in Central America.

In June, the House of Representative approved $100 million in aid to the Contras.

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