Maoist Rebels Kill Peru Farm Expert

Associated Press

Maoist rebels have killed a leader of Peru's opposition Christian Democratic Party, shooting him three times after submitting him to a "revolutionary trial."

Javier Puiggros Planas, considered one of Peru's top agricultural experts, was killed after about 50 Shining Path rebels invaded his farm Friday in the town of Huaura, near the Pacific coast 80 miles north of Lima.

The guerrillas also killed an agricultural engineer and destroyed farm machinery in the series of attacks Friday. Three rebels were later killed in a shoot-out with police, officials said Saturday.

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