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Peru / Lima Hostage Crisis #164197

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 18, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The holding of hostages at the Japanese diplomatic compound in Lima, Peru, by the terrorist group Tupac Amaru featured; scenes shown from the compound area while the terrorists' demands are outlined. [State Department spokesman Nicholas BURNS - says terrorists should not be rewarded.] [Escaped hostage Fernando ANDRADE - (thru translator) comments on the hostage situation.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) A description of what happened from free-lance journalist Sally Bowen presented. [Voice of BOWEN - outlines the guerrillas actions that included a gun battle with police.]

(Pentagon: John McWethy) Peru's battles with the terrorist groups Shining Path and the Marxist-Leninist Tupac Amaru briefly reviewed.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) American Lori Berenson, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Peru for her involvement with the Tupac Amaru, shown. Coverage of the story on PrimeTime Live mentioned.

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John

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