MANAGUA: At least 10 people were killed and around 20 injured on Sunday in an operation launched by police and paramilitary forces in southern Nicaragua, a human rights group said.
The dead included six civilians -- among them two children -- and four police, according to the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH).
The operation targeted the city of Masaya, the nearby Niquinohomo and Catarina communities and the Monimbo neighbourhood.
This was a preliminary number, according to the groups' leader Alvaro Leiva.
"There are sharpshooters stationed at different places around the city. We ask people to remain in their homes," Leiva said.