Maoist Guerrillas Kill Marine Major, Policeman and Ice Cream Vendor
LIMA, PERU (AP) _ Guerrillas of the Maoist Shining Path movement killed a marine major, a policeman and an ice cream vendor in separate attacks, officials reported Sunday.
The guerrillas also wounded a policeman and an army colonel in the four weekend attacks, officials said. They gave these accounts:
Policeman Marco Leon, 30, and another officer were on patrol in a Lima industrial zone Saturday when they were ambushed by guerrillas who killed Leon and wounded his companion.
Marine Maj. Maximiliano Abarca was critically wounded in a gun battle with guerrillas in the central highlands and died while being evacuated by helicopter to Ayacucho, 235 miles southeast of Lima.
Saturday morning a Lima street vendor selling ice cream was fatally shot. Police did not give the motive but blamed the killing on Shining Path rebels.
On Sunday an army colonel was wounded by gunmen as he left his home in Lima.
The Shining Path movement emerged in May 1980 and since then the government says more than 14,000 people have been killed in violence related to the insurgency.