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Peru: Man with 36 grenades held

November 18, 2008 | 10:32 am

In the L.A. Times' World Briefing:

Peruvian police arrested a man with 36 grenades in his backpack, days before 21 heads of state and government are to meet in Lima for an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The arrest of Edwin Valladolid, 31, comes as suspected holdouts of the Maoist Shining Path rebel group, which led a bloody rebellion until its leaders were captured in the 1990s, have launched a series of attacks in recent weeks.

On Sunday, the group shot dead three police officers and wounded a fourth in the Ayacucho region, about 350 miles southeast of Lima.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City