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.
July 21, 1990 |
Suspected guerrillas of the left-wing Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) killed a Peruvian businessman and a university official in separate attacks, police said. Antonio Rosales Durand, a 65-year-old executive, and two of his bodyguards were shot to death on a Lima street on their way to a rubber factory after their two-car caravan was forced to stop by a tanker truck the rebels placed across the road, police said.
May 25, 1991
The acting director of World Vision's Peru office was killed and another official of the evangelical relief agency was seriously wounded in an attack by two unidentified gunmen in the Peruvian capital of Lima. The shootings took place May 17 but were not announced until this week by the organization's international headquarters in Monrovia. Norman Tattersall, 46, who was based in Southern California but spent one week each month directing the Peru office, died at a hospital in Lima.