November 18, 2008 |
Peruvian police arrested a man with 36 grenades in his backpack, days before 21 heads of state and government are to meet in Lima for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. The arrest of Edwin Valladolid, 31, comes as suspected holdouts of the Maoist Shining Path rebel group, which led a bloody rebellion until its leaders were captured in the 1990s, have launched a series of attacks in recent weeks. On Sunday, the group shot dead three police officers and wounded a fourth in the Ayacucho region, about 350 miles southeast of Lima.
August 18, 2013 |
As anyone who has been to Ecuador's Galapagos knows, a trip to those islands is the journey of a lifetime. But with per-person prices that can start at $3,000, it might have to be a trip of the next lifetime. Fortunately for Galapagos-aspirers like me, my wife and our twin 12-year-old daughters, there are the Ballestas Islands, which are known as the Poor Man's Galapagos. The Ballestas lie just 10 miles off the southern coast of Peru and are easily accessible by boat from Paracas, a small, sun-drenched working port and tourist center.
January 7, 1986 |
At least 13 Indian peasants died when a landslide buried their farmhouse in the eastern Peruvian village of Capilluchari, police said Monday. Rescuers were digging through debris for any other victims of the torrent of mud and rocks that swept through the area 200 miles east of Lima last Friday.
March 10, 1987 |
Leftist guerrillas bombed two cinemas and a temporary employment office and blew up an electricity pylon in Lima on Sunday night, causing damage but no injuries, police said Monday. They added that four people were arrested while planting a firebomb at a third cinema downtown.
February 19, 1989 |
Ten people were killed when a truck hauling eucalyptus branches plunged off a 330-foot cliff in the Andes, the government said. The state news agency Andina said the crash occurred near the north-central town of Otuzco, 340 miles from Lima.
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January 13, 1987 |
A gunman in a passing car fired at two unarmed policemen in civilian clothes, wounding one of them, police reported Monday. They said the attack occurred Sunday morning in the coastal city of Chimbote, 265 miles north of Lima, as the two off-duty policemen rode a motorcycle through a slum district.
October 5, 1985 |
About 50 Shining Path rebels attacked a village in Peru's central Andes and killed three peasants, authorities said Friday. Eight villagers were injured during the guerrilla attack before dawn Friday in Sinto, a remote mountain village about 125 miles southeast of Lima.
March 12, 1987 |
Maoist guerrillas bombed a freight train in south-central Peru, derailing two locomotives and four coaches and blocking traffic on the sole rail link between Lima and the mining centers of the central Andes, officials said Tuesday.
October 3, 1996 |
A Boeing 757-200 belonging to the Peruvian airline Aeroperu crashed off the Pacific Coast north of Lima, killing all 70 passengers and crew members on board. The Peruvian government blamed computer problems on the plane for the accident, which claimed victims from 11 countries. Aeroperu cited "technical failures" without elaborating.
June 7, 2013 |
LIMA, Peru -- Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Friday said he had turned down the plea for a pardon by former leader Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and crimes against humanity. In an midday announcement at the presidential palace in Lima, Humala said he was acting on the recommendation of the justice minister not to exercise his power of granting pardon to Fujimori, who was elected president three times. Fujimori's family appealed to Humala to grant a pardon on humanitarian grounds because the former president suffers from cancer of the tongue for which he has received five surgeries.