Nicaraguan resistance group claims responsibility for police killings near Costa Rican border
A Nicaraguan resistance group named “Los Atabales” has claimed responsibility for deadly attacks on Nicaraguan police officers near the border with Costa Rica.
Four Nicaraguan police officers were killed Thursday in the municipality of San Carlos, a town at the source of the San Juan River just 10 kilometers north of the border.
Nosotros, el Atabal Guerrillero le causa siete bajas más al Orteguismo hoy, 17 de Enero del 2019. Viva Nicaragüa Libre. Patria Libre y Vivir!
— Hector Armando Morales (@Apante77) January 18, 2019
Posts on Twitter from members of Los Atabales suggested the group carried out a second attack on Nicaraguan police in Nicaraguan territory on Friday afternoon.
“At approximately 3 p.m. of today, January 18, 2019, there was an armed confrontation […] resulting in at least two police officers killed and three injured,” posted Hector Armando Morales, a purported member of the group, on Twitter.
The messages were then shared on a “Los Atabales” Facebook page. “Los Atabales” is a self-defined resistance group “with a single purpose to liberate Nicaragua.”
Nicaraguan authorities have not confirmed Friday’s events.
Following Thursday’s attacks, Nicaraguan authorities had blamed “Banda el Jobo,” a group they say has a base in Costa Rica. They alleged members of “Banda el Jobo” have illegally crossed the border back into Nicaragua prior to the confrontation.
The Costa Rican government refuted the report, and Nicaraguan police contacted by The Tico Times did not offer details explaining what evidence led them to conclude Thursday’s attack was committed by “Banda el Jobo.”
“Our ministry maintains a police presence in our northern border and in no moment have we detected that our territory is being used by a criminal group to attack neighboring countries,” said Allan Obando Flores, director of the Costa Rican border police. “We reaffirm our commitment to not allow any type of attack of that kind with bordering countries.”
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to The Tico Times for updates.
This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica.We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.
You may be interested
Navas plays, Real Madrid falls 2-0 in what could be Tico goalkeeper’s final gameAlejandro Zúñiga - May 19, 2019
Real Madrid closed its season with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday in what was likely Keylor…
Slothy Sunday: For the love of slothsDenise Gillen / Toucan Rescue Ranch - May 19, 2019
There are thousands of cute sloth photos floating around the internet, and we all love to ooh and aah over…
Morning-after pill can now be sold without a prescription in Costa RicaAlejandro Zúñiga - May 18, 2019
Levonorgestrel, marketed commercially as "Plan B" and commonly known as the morning-after pill, can legally be sold without a prescription…