In Managua, on April 8, government Sandinista troops carried the coffin of a murdered El Salvadorean guerrilla leader while others lined the streets as a mark of respect.
1. SV PULL BACK Soldiers carry coffin to truck, watched by mourners. (3 SHOTS) 0.22
2. GV & SV Truck, carrying coffin, drives along road, accompanied by soldiers. (4 SHOTS) 0.43
3. SV Lenin Cerna, head of state security, and Tomas Borge, Minister of the Interior, speak at news conference (Spanish SOT). (3 SHOTS) 1.07
4. GV & SV Villagers raise Sandinista flag on tree. (2 SHOTS) 1.13
5. SV ZOOM TO SCU Mourners weep over body of soldier. (3 SHOTS) 1.40
6. GV Street scene. 1.43
7. SV PAN ZOOM TO SCU Relatives mourn over coffin. (2 SHOTS) 2.04
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Background: MANAGUA, NICARAGUA
In Managua, on April 8, government Sandinista troops carried the coffin of a murdered El Salvadorean guerrilla leader while others lined the streets as a mark of respect. They were mourning Melida Amaya Montes, popularly known as Commandante Ana Maria, second in command of the Radical Popular Liberation Force (FPL). She was killed in a raid on a house on the outskirts of the city on April 6. Police sources said one of her aides was shot dead and another wounded in the attack. As the truck carrying her body drove along the streets of the Nicaraguan capital, supporters displayed the flags and banners of the El Salvador guerrilla group, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN). Ana Maria, in her fifties, was a veteran of the struggle against the El Salvador government of President Alvaro Magana. At a news conference on April 7, given by Lenin Cerna, head of state security, and Tomas Borge, Minister of the Interior, Lenin Cerna said that Ana Maria received over 80 pickaxe stabwounds and had her throat cut before being killed by a bullet through the heart. Mr. Borge said the murder was carried out by a squad of three men, hooded and dressed in black. He believed the killing was carried out by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He said Managua was deliberately chosen as the location for the murder to try and implicate the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) in support for guerrillas operating against the right-wing government in El Salvador.
Source: REUTERS - MICHELLE TAVERNA