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Shining Path car bomb injures eight in Peru

May 15, 1997

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A car bomb planted by Shining Path guerrillas ripped through a police station before dawn today, wounding 25 people, including eight police officers.

Television images showed police cut by broken glass being helped away at the site in Ate-Vitarte, an industrial, working-class suburb in eastern Lima.

The police station and adjoining municipal offices were heavily damaged. The bomb also damaged a market, wounding two night watchmen, and collapsed the roof of a hospital next to the police station, injuring at least 15 people, Channel Four television said.

Interior Minister Cesar Saucedo said three cars were involved in the attack. Guerrillas in one car opened fire on police guarding the municipal offices, while a second car carrying the bomb parked in front of the buildings. A third car carried away the attackers.

Saucedo said pamphlets at the scene attributed the attack to the Shining Path.

The bomb probably honored the anniversary of the May 17, 1980, launch of the Shining Path’s insurgency against the government.

It was the first major Shining Path attack since leftist Tupac Amaru rebels took hostages at the Japanese ambassador’s residence on Dec. 17, holding them for 126 days before Peruvian commandos rescued all but one of the hostages in a bloody assault.

Political violence by the Shining Path has fallen sharply since its leader and founder Abimael Guzman was captured in 1992.

Although more than 30,000 people have been killed in political violence since 1980, rebels killed fewer than 200 people in 1996.

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