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Rebels Kill Government Official

January 7, 1988

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Maoist guerrillas shot a government official in the mountains Wednesday in the first political killing in Peru this year, police said.

Two men drew pistols from beneath their ponchos and shot Victor Cedano in the head as he walked to Mass in downtown Huamachuco, a highland city 270 miles north of Lima. The assailants escaped.

Cedano was deputy administrator of the surrounding county and a member of the governing Aprista Party.

Since it began a guerrilla campaign to topple the government in 1980, the Mao-inspired Shining Path guerrilla group has carried out dozens of such attacks against government and party officials.

A soldier was wounded Tuesday night when Shining Path guerrillas ambushed an army patrol near Cangallo, another mountain city 255 miles southeast of Lima, police said.

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