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October 3, 1983


Nicaraguan Army ordered to fire back across borders

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Nicaragua has served notice that it will respond to attacks by insurgents operating from Costa Rica and Honduras by firing back across the borders. Defense Minister Humberto Ortega Saavedra told reporters Saturday he had given orders to that effect even at the risk that Honduras and Costa Rica could accuse Nicaragua of aggression and invite United States intervention. The order came against a background of sharply increased activity by US-backed insurgents operating from bases on the Honduran border and rebels based in Costa Rica to the south.