Gunmen Kill Congressmen From Ruling Party
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Assassins shot to death a legislator from the governing Aprista Party, officials said Sunday. It was the second such slaying in nine days.
Pablo Li Ormeno, of the center-left Aprista Party, was shot by two men Saturday night in Villa El Salvador, a slum on Lima’s outskirts, the government news agency Andina said.
There was no word on who might have carried out the killing.
According to the government newspaper La Cronica, Li Ormeno was in his car in front of a pharmacy and was ordered out by the gunmen.
The attackers opened fire when the official tried to resist, and they fled in Li Ormeno’s vehicle, La Cronica said.
On April 27, congressional deputy Eriberto Arroyo of the Marxist coalition the United Left was killed.
Police blamed that slaying on the Mao-inspired Shining Path guerrilla group, but some United Left officials blamed the anti-rebel death squad the Rodrigo Franco Command.
The Shining Path denied it killed Arroyo in a rare communique published in Wednesday’s edition of El Diario. Police say the Lima newspaper El Diario is the voice of the Shining Path.
Li Ormeno represented the Lima area in the Chamber of Deputies, equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives, in Peru’s bicameral legislature.
Until Li Ormeno’s murder, Arroyo had been the only Congress member and the highest ranking elected official ever slain in Peru’s nine-year insurgency.
The Shining Path has assassinated scores of politicians during its nine- year fight to impose Marxist rule. Most of those slain have been from the ruling party but members of the United Left and other parties have also been killed.
The Franco Command surfaced a year ago, vowing to kill leftist guerrillas and their supporters.
Opposition charges that the Franco Command is linked to the Aprista Party have been denied by government officials.