HOW THEY DID IT

IN A QUICK AND BRUTAL ASSAULT, FUJIMORI'S TROOPS RESCUE ALL BUT ONE OF THE 72 HOSTAGES

The Peruvian commandos waited all night under the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, hunkered down in a winding, steel-braced tunnel complex. Loaded down with weapons, ammunition and body armor, they still had enough room to rest and try to sleep. The tunnels were the work of professional miners, and the troops could walk upright, two abreast, through lighted and ventilated chambers. In the morning, after a final planning session, their officers slipped through nearby buildings and into the tunnels to join the 140 army, navy and air-force special-operations forces underground for the attack. Lieut. Colonel Juan Valer Sandoval, leader of a...

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