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Today in Latin American History

Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was Killed in Paraguay in 1980

Nicaraguan President Anastasio Somoza Debayle was Killed in Paraguay in 1980

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Today in Latin American history, former President of Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Debayle was killed in Paraguay in 1980.

After being overthrown in a 1979 insurrection led by the FSLN, he fled Nicaragua in exile and power was ceded to the Junta of National Reconstruction.

Somoza Debayle was ambushed by a seven-person Sandinista commando team (four men and three women). This was known as “Operation Reptile”.

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