January 10, 1990 |
Sendero Luminoso rebels shot and killed a former defense minister Tuesday morning in a shopping center parking lot, the most prominent person slain in 10 years of guerrilla war in Peru, officials said. Enrique Lopez, shot at close range as he was parking his car in the Lima suburb of San Isidro, was the first person who had reached Cabinet level to be killed in the escalating guerrilla violence that has claimed the lives of hundreds of federal and local officials.
June 30, 1990 |
About 200 Shining Path Maoist guerrillas swept this week into three remote Andean hamlets, killing 45 people, most of them members of peasant militias. Newspapers reported that the rebels arrived on buses and trucks in the towns of Llillactambo, Choras and Chavinillo, killing 34 people after a mock trial in the main square of Choras. Later, the guerrillas killed six people in Chavinillo and five peasants in Llillactambo.
February 15, 1989 |
Gunmen shot and killed the powerful leader of Peru's miners, and his Communist-led labor movement Tuesday blamed the government and called a national strike to protest the slaying. Saul Cantoral, 43, who led two crippling nationwide mining strikes last year, and a woman companion were slain Monday night on a deserted street in a Lima slum, police said.
January 11, 1990 |
Police set up roadblocks around Lima and detained 15,000 people in a search for the killers of former Defense Minister Enrique Lopez, the most prominent victim of Peru's decade-long guerrilla war. Lopez was shot and killed as he parked his car near a shopping center in a Lima suburb.
November 22, 1989 |
A body found near a Peruvian jungle town has been tentatively identified as that of a missing American journalist, Todd Smith. Smith, 28, a reporter for Florida's Tampa Tribune newspaper, was last seen Friday as he left for the airport outside Uchiza, 245 miles northeast of Lima. He had been researching stories on drug traffickers and leftist rebels. Managing Editor Lawrence McConnell said in Tampa that "we have confirmed . . . that the body has been tentatively identified as that of Todd Smith."
August 30, 1987
Maoist guerrillas, tossing dynamite and firing submachine guns, killed the head of a Peruvian-run food distribution company and wounded his wife and three children in an early morning attack on their home, police said. A bodyguard also was killed. Rodrigo Franco Montes, 30, president of Peru's staple food importer ENCI, was ambushed by at least eight rebels, police said.
June 16, 1988 |
Leftist rebels dragged a U.S. agricultural adviser and a Peruvian colleague from their farm truck and shot them to death, officials said Wednesday. Police Col. Cirilo Pacheco and the National Agrarian Research Institute identified the victims as Constantine Orson Gregory, 25, of Los Angeles, and Gustavo Rojas, 35, of Lima.