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U.S. Warns Americans in Peru

April 20, 2002

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ The State Department warned that Peru’s Shining Path could be planning attacks against Americans around the May 17 anniversary of the guerrilla group’s insurgency.

``There are indications that terrorist organizations are continuing to plan actions directed against American citizens and American interests in Peru,″ said a department statement published Friday.

``These organizations are known to plan activities on or around significant anniversary dates for these groups in May,″ it said.

Officials advised Americans to avoid crowds and public areas, especially where Americans often congregate.

The advisory specifically mentioned Sendero Luminoso, or the Shining Path, a Maoist group suspected of being behind a car bombing last month near the U.S. Embassy in Lima that killed nine people.

The Shining Path launched its insurgency on May 17, 1980, after a decade of organizing its guerrilla war. For years until the mid-1990s, the rebels timed some of their most violent attacks to commemorate the date.

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State Department Peru information sheet: http://travel.state/gov/peru.html

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