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World IN BRIEF : NICARAGUA : Police Oust Students; 81 Hostages Freed

February 01, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

Police fired tear gas and rescued 81 hostages who had been held by protesting university students in the Foreign Ministry building, the government said. National Police Chief Fernando Caldera said that 107 students, "a good part of the hostage-takers," were arrested and that police confiscated 27 homemade mortars, 520 bombs, several slingshots and an ax. Several hundred students forced their way into the ministry in the latest of a series of occupations of government buildings to press demands for more money for higher education.

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