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Police Deactivate Bomb at Honduras’ Supreme Court

June 12, 1996

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras _ Police deactivated a bomb Tuesday that had been planted in the building of Honduras’ Supreme Court.

More than 1,000 workers and visitors were evacuated from the building, which is 330 yards from the president’s residence.

Tuesday morning, a unidentified man called to warn that the building should be evacuated because a bomb would explode soon, telephone operator Cristobal Godoy said.

The man said the bomb was placed by a previously unknown group called the Last Alternative Guerrilla Front. He said the group was against corruption in Honduran justice.

Police dogs found the bomb in a paper bag in a second-floor bathroom, security officer Manuel Antonio Berrios said.

Bomb squad spokesman Lt. Fabricio Carcamo said someone could have detonated the 2-pound dynamite bomb by opening the bag.

In 1981, a bomb placed by a guerrilla group exploded at the old court building in the city center, killing a guard.

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