The National Guard offensive against Masaya has bogged down in the face of strong resistance from the Sandinistas.
Sandinista control point on road into city, various shots armed Sandis, guerrilla describing to newsmen roads into city, riding shots down main road,people on main road; national guard troops advancing through bus, tankutte (rubber wheeled armoured vehicle) advancing up road, soldiers into bush, firing as they advance; more of same and much firing, tankette firing cannon and machine gun
soldiers firing from prone position, running into bush, guardsmen with captured 50 cal machine gun guardsmen charging at small house, bodies of dead guerrillas and captured weapons, more shoring by guardsmen, another shot of tankette.
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Background: The National Guard offensive against Masaya has bogged down in the face of strong resistance from the Sandinistas. Possibly because of the growing shortage of ammunition and the constant threat of imminent major rebel thrust against the capital, the guard has held on a major assault to be capture this key city. But fighting on the outskirts, if only small unit encounters, is continuous.