Tuesday, June 10

BBC Andes hostages set free: "Mr Toledo has for the first time blamed what he termed the remnants of the Shining Path rebel movement for the kidnapping. He said there had been no ransom payment and that his administration would not negotiate with the rebels. Despite a threat by the hostage-takers to kill their prisoners in the event of an assault, the president ordered about 300 army and police commandos into the region." The whole episode is rather scarce on details so we'll have to wait for more reporting before drawing any firm conclusions.

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