In
the midst of the increasingly tense atmosphere in Nicaragua, Estelí’s Bishop
Abelardo Mata survived an armed attack yesterday that was said to be carried
out by paramilitary forces. The prelate’s car was riddled with bullets in
Nindirí, which is near the capital, Managua. The Bishop and driver escaped
without injury. “Monsignor Mata’s vehicle was damaged but he and his driver
were not hurt,” reported a local news source, confirming that the ambush had
been planned and executed by a paramilitary gang, the so-called “turbas”, or mobs, who are closely allied with President Daniel Ortega.
Former Vice President of the Episcopal Conference, Bishop Mata, 72, is considered among

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