CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 22, 1997
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(Studio: Bernard Shaw; Havana, Cuba: Lucia Newman; State Department: Steve Hurst) Rescue operation by the Peruvian army at the Japanese diplomatic compound in Lima where terrorists have held 72 hostages since mid-December reported; live video shown of smoke, hostages being led off the roof and of armed military men while the background to what is happening is narrated and discussed, including the negotiations between Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and the Tupac Amaru rebels. [Voice of Sharon STEVENSON - outlines what is known about which hostages may have been rescued during this armed incursion.] [From Tokyo, voice of bureau chief John LEWIS - outlines the position of Japan on an armed attack on the ambassador's residence.]
(Studio: Bernard Shaw) The background to the hostage standoff at the compound reviewed; scenes shown of the hostages' families and hospital personnel nearby and of an explosion at the compound. [STEVENSON - describes what seems to be going on.] [Live in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro HASHIMOTO - (thru translator) expresses regret over the attack on the embassy and over injuries during the battle; hopes all the hostages are safe; answers questions about the timetable for the day's events.] Hashimoto's press conference reviewed; scenes shown of a fire burning on the ground at the compound.