Police and pro-government paramilitaries stormed the Monimbó area of Masaya

At least four people are reported to have been killed after Nicaraguan security forces flooded a symbolic rebel stronghold south of the capital, three months after the start of a nationwide revolt against the president, Daniel Ortega.

Police and paramilitary forces stormed the Monimbó neighbourhood in Masaya, a city 16 miles (26km) from Managua, early on Tuesday, tasked with reclaiming its barricaded streets from mortar-wielding rebels who have taken control since anti-government protests started in April.

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