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REVOLUTIONARIES FIND LABYRINTH IN BUCHAREST
SAFE HOUSES, MILES OF TUNNELS

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SAFE HOUSES, MILES OF TUNNELS

Romanian revolutionary soldiers found a vast labyrinth of safe houses and tunnels used by police forces loyal to Nicolae Ceausescu, some with secret entries in cemetery burial vaults and subway systems.

Army officers speaking on Bucharest radio Sunday said the sprawling maze of tunnels criss-cross the city and link two airports, Communist Party headquarters and Ceausescu's palace in downtown Bucharest.Army units siding with pro-reform protesters have been battling Ceausescu's secret police for control of the country. The highly trained and heavily armed security forces have been making hit-and-run guerrilla attacks, mostly at night.

The radio report went into stunning detail about the hundreds of safe houses and miles upon miles of underground tunnels stuffed with weapons.

Ceausescu's downtown palace contained a bunker designed to resist nuclear attack and was outfitted like a war room, with sophisticated command operations, the radio said.

The tunnels also linked his so-called Spring Palace in the north of the capital and the old royal palace downtown, near the party headquarters, the radio said.

One tunnel from the party headquarters ran to a lake north of the city, apparently designed as a Ceausescu escape route.

The revolutionary government said that the Communist dictator who ruled for 24 years was captured Saturday along with his wife, Elena. On Sunday, state-run Soviet television reported that the couple was found hiding in an underground bunker. It gave no details.

The tunnels contained huge weapons caches and were designed for Ceausescu's most loyal security troops, the radio said.

Romanian radio broadcasts monitored in Vienna have appealed repeatedly in recent days to architects involved in building the web of tunnels to divulge the layout to the army and other forces behind the revolt.

"The army found and neutralized 48 terrorists' safe houses on just 20 streets in Bucharest," Bucharest radio said Sunday.

Knowledgeable Romanians said they had heard of such safe houses in the capital and in all major cities, but few imagined their size and scope.