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Shots Fired at Home of Nicaraguan Ambassador

January 30, 1989

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) _ Unknown gunmen fired submachine guns and pistols at the front of the residence of the Nicaraguan ambassador, but no injuries were reported, police sources said Monday.

Ambassador Francisco Lacayo Parajon and his family were in Managua, Nicaragua, when the attack occurred before dawn Sunday, said embassy spokesman Juan Jose Membreno.

The only damage was to the outside wall, according to the police sources, who asked not to be identified.

The shooting followed the killings this month of a Contra rebel leader, the country’s former top military leader and the lawyer for a reputed drug baron.

Membreno accused Nicaraguan Contra rebels in Honduras of the latest shooting.

″The Contras accused my government of responsibility in the assassination of anti-Sandinista chief Manuel Rugama and announced they would take actions against our diplomatic representatives,″ Membreno said.

A Contra source, who asked not to be identified, said, ″We did not have anything to do with this attack.″

Also today, police deactivated a homemade bomb in a building that housed the offices of the Honduran National Cattlemen’s Association until 1988.

Police sources said the four sticks of dynamite were defused after they received a call from the construction company that now occupies the building.