Rebels Explode Car Bomb in Cuzco, Killing One Person
CUZCO, Peru (AP) _ One person was killed and at least eight injured by a powerful car bomb exploded by Shining Path guerrillas near an election office in this Andean tourist center, police said.
It was the first rebel attack of note in Peru since Alberto Fujimori beat Mario Vargas Llosa by a landslide in a runoff presidential election Sunday.
A police spokesman said the attack also devastated a number of buildings adjacent the election office.
The explosion killed bank guard Erasmo Pena Chipa, 29, and injured eight bystanders, the spokesman said.
″The blast was felt all over the city,″ said the spokesman, who asked that his name not be used.
It was the most damaging attack by the Maoist-inspired rebels in this city 350 miles southeast of Lima since the 1986 bombing of a tourist train in Cuzco station. Seven foreigners died in the blast.
On June 2, rebels took over a local radio station and broadcast an appeal to boycott Sunday’s elections.
More than 18,500 people have died in political violence in the decade since the Shining Path began its armed insurgency.