MIAMI - Orlando Bosch, a militant anti-communist Cuban exile who spent 11 years in jail in Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner but was later acquitted, died in Miami on Wednesday. He was 84.
A statement from his family said the death of Cuba-born Bosch followed "a long and painful illness."It did not give a specific cause of the death of Bosch, who has been hailed by many in Miami's Cuban exile community as a hero for his long-standing opposition to Fidel Castro and Cuba's communist government. The Cuban government website cubadebate.com reported his death, calling him a "terrorist."
Bosch was jailed in Miami in February 1988 when he entered the United States illegally from Venezuela, where he had been finally acquitted in the 1976 Cuban airliner bombing in which 73 people were killed. He was freed in 1990 after the U.S. government failed to find a country willing to accept him as a deportee.
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