Police Kill Three Leftist Guerrillas in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) _ Police killed three leftist guerrillas during a shootout Tuesday at one of the group’s hideouts in the capital, Interior Minister Luis Robles said.
Robles told a news conference that the shootout came before dawn after two men and a woman belonging to the Alfaro Vive guerilla group opened fire on police when they were caught at a rebel safe house in Quito.
He identified one of the three people slain as Jose Luis Flores, one of the group’s leaders.
Alfaro Vive is a small leftist guerrilla group that first made its appearance in 1979, but was largely inactive until conservative President Leon Febres Cordero took office in 1984.
Since then, it has stepped up its activities, concentrating mainly on bank robberies and kidnappings for ransom.
Robles also announced that a guerrilla rescued from a Quito hospital by comrades on Aug. 19 was captured in the Colombian town of Itiales over the weekend and returned to Ecuador.
He identified the guerrilla as Leonardo Vera Viteri. Vera was rescued from his hospital room by six rebels wearing white robes similar to those used by medical personnel.
The guerrillas shot and killed three policemen who tried to prevent the rescue.