Bomb Explodes at U.S.-Funded Cultural Institute
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A bomb exploded in a classroom of an American-funded cultural insitute in Trujillo, injuring two students, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday.
Spokesman Joao Ecsodi said the small bomb of plastic explosives detonated Tuesday night at the North American-Peruvian Cultural Institute in the coastal city, 350 miles north of Lima.
Several students learning English had just left the room, and two were injured in the hallway outside by shards of metal hurled by the explosion, Ecsodi said. One student was cut in the head and the other’s arm was hurt.
Ecsodi said the explosion left a foot-wide hole in the floor of the classroom and shattered its windows. He said police were investigating, but so far there was no clue as to who might have left the bomb.
Meanwhile, police said leftist Shining Path guerrillas killed a policeman Saturday in Pitumayo village in Cuzco province, 420 miles southeast of Lima.
They said policeman Juan Aedo apparently was unaware that about 30 rebels had taken over Pitumayo several hours earlier, and he was shot as he drove through the central plaza.
Police, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the guerrillas already had dynamited the village police station, but no one was hurt. Three officers in the building saw the guerrillas coming and escaped.
The rebels looted stores and some private homes before fleeing on foot up the mountain, they said.
Authorities say more than 7,200 people have been killed since the Shining Path launched its insurgency in 1980.