MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Heavy fighting between Nicaraguan government troops and rebel forces continued along the Honduras-Nicaragua border Saturday, and rebel sources said battles had extended more than three miles into Honduras.
A military source in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa said Honduran troops are reinforcing the border area "to impede the advance toward other regions of our national territory, both by the counterrevolutionaries and the regular Sandinista forces."
President Daniel Ortega said Saturday that Sandinista soldiers had killed 80 U.S.-backed rebels, known as contras , and wounded 120 others since Oct. 24 during "intense combat" to drive back a guerrilla force that tried to invade Nicaragua from Honduras.
Ortega said 21 government soldiers were killed and 16 were wounded in five days of fighting through Wednesday.
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The Honduran military source said the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, the largest organization of contras fighters, had reported killing 100 Nicaraguan soldiers in an ambush.