Source Pravda.Ru

The leader of Peruvian rebels surrendered

The leader of an armed nationalist group that seized a remote Peruvian police station and took officers and soldiers &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/accidents/21/96/382/14718_beslan.html ' target=_blank>hostage surrendered to authorities Tuesday, but about 125 of his followers remained barricaded inside with their captives, officials said.

Former army Maj. Antauro Humala turned himself in to National Police chief Felix Murazzo at the town's municipal building before dawn Tuesday. His followers are believed responsible for ambushing police reinforcements as they crossed a bridge Sunday, killing four officers. "He came with the idea of surrendering himself but a group of his followers weren't in agreement," an Interior Ministry spokeswoman said, reports the Guardian.

The bodies of four police officers killed by the group on Sunday also arrived in Lima. Receiving them, &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/diplomatic/2001/06/09/7462.html ' target=_blank>Toledo declared the operation to end the standoff "a success, in relative terms" and vowed there would be no quarter for the rebels.

At least six people died in the uprising, which began before dawn on New Year's Day with Humala vowing to fight to the last bullet until Toledo quit.

Toledo said 40 of Humala's supporters were arrested after he was detained and a police officer from the tactical operations unit told Reuters another 90 turned themselves in.

"We're scouring the area because we have information some have escaped," said the officer, who declined to be named, informs Reuters.

According to the CBC News, in October 2000, the Humala brothers led 50 followers in a short-lived military uprising, a month before the collapse of former president Alberto Fujimori's corruption-ridden, 10-year regime.

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