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Rebel leader leaves compounds to talk about ending hostage crisis

February 11, 1997

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A Tupac Amaru rebel leader today apparently left the Japanese ambassador’s residence for the first time in Peru’s hostage crisis, traveling across the street for talks about freeing 72 captives.

Roli Rojas Fernandez, the leftist group’s second-in-command, was believed to be inside in a bullet-proof Red Cross car that made the short ride across the road. But it was impossible to see inside the car’s windows, which were tinted.

The white sedan, with Red Cross markings, slowly drove up to the Japanese residence in an area out of the reach of dozens of TV cameramen stationed on a nearby roof. It then drove across the street to the house where talks were to be held and into a garage with an electric door opener.

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