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Honduras says foreign groups in land conflict

March 27, 2012
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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras—Officials in Honduras say four soldiers have been wounded in a confrontation with 30 armed assailants in a region torn by a land dispute.

Army Gen. Rene Osorio says he suspects farmworkers in the Aguan River Valley could be getting military training "from instructors brought in from Nicaragua and Venezuela." But Osorio hasn't offered any evidence to back the claim.

Farmers movement leader Juan Chinchilla denies that any farmers were involved in Monday's clash.

Osorio said Tuesday that three of the soldiers suffered serious wounds in the fight.

Farmworkers in the Aguan valley have been demanding ownership of thousands of acres of privately held oil palm plantations.

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