Ceremony Marks 25th Anniv. of End of Peru Hostage Crisis
Rio de Janeiro, April 22 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held in the Peruvian capital of Lima on Friday to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of a hostage crisis at the Japanese ambassador's official residence in the South American country.
The Peruvian military hosted the event, held at a replica of the residence built for training on a raid to end the crisis.
The crisis began in December 1996, with Japanese expatriates and others taken hostage by members of the leftist guerrilla group Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement. It was ended by a Peruvian military operation on April 22, 1997.
The ceremony was joined by some of the then hostages and former Peruvian special forces members who took part in the operation, as well as Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and Japanese Ambassador to Peru Kazuyuki Katayama.
The event participants prayed for two special forces members and one Peruvian hostage who were killed during the operation.
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