Peru: Bloody Sunday

Terrorism in the Andes

The inhabitants of the rugged village of Santiago de Lucanamarca were preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday with music and drink. But all of a sudden about 30 masked men, brandishing axes and hatchets, swarmed into the dusty Andean settlement, setting fire to the municipal hall and pillaging local shops. As the terrified residents scrambled for cover, the intruders rounded up scores of villagers, including wizened old women and barefoot children, and proceeded to stone, hack and shoot many of them to death. After less than two hours, the attackers...

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