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12 Banks Bombed in 9th Day of Peruvian Guerrilla Violence

February 28, 1987|Associated Press

LIMA, Peru — Leftist guerrillas bombed a dozen Lima banks Friday to protest Senate approval of tough counterinsurgency legislation, police said. No casualties were reported.

Guerrillas in speeding cars threw dynamite at 12 branches of Banco de Credito, Peru's largest private bank. The blasts began shortly after the 1 to 5 a.m. nightly curfew ended, blowing out windows, destroying doors and damaging office furniture.

Friday was the ninth straight day of guerrilla bombings in the capital, the most sustained level of rebel violence since a state of emergency suspending constitutional guarantees was imposed a year ago. Police said the bombers left behind handbills denouncing the Senate's approval Thursday night of a bill increasing penalties for terrorist acts.

The leaflets were signed by the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement and the Revolutionary Leftist Movement. The groups, which joined forces last month, advocate a Cuban-style revolution.

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