The hostage-takers, rearmed rebels who fought the Sandinistas in the 1980s, want Antonio Lacayo, a presidential aide, and the army chief Humberto Ortega to quit. The guerrillas released one of three MPs they had kidnapped.
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A large convoy of government troops and artillery moved into northern Nicaragua after rearmed Contra rebels kidnapped dozens of officials who had gone to offer them amnesty, AP reports from Managua.