Three dead in attack ahead of Peru poll

Apr 10, 2016, 3:53 PM EDT
Keiko Fujimori.
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Suspected leftist rebels in Peru have killed three people in an attack ahead of Sunday's presidential election.

The BBC reports:

Two soldiers and a driver died in the attack on a vehicle carrying election materials in a remote coca-growing region, the military said. The election frontrunner is Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who cracked down on the Maoist Shining Path guerrillas. However she is not expected to win a clear majority. Polls opened at 08:00 local time (13:00 GMT). Opinion polls indicate that Ms Fujimori will not obtain the 50% of votes needed to avoid a second run-off round. Her closest challengers are centrist Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and left-winger Veronika Mendoza. Keiko Fujimori has marketed herself as being tough on crime and is supported by some Peruvians who credit her father with defeating the rebels.

Reuters writes:

"This is a sign that more still needs to be done," outgoing president and former army officer Ollanta Humala said. "Terrorists are no longer a threat to the Peruvian state but they have shown they can still cause harm." Peruvians will vote on Sunday in the fourth presidential election since the end of a decade-long battle between insurgents and state security forces commanded by former President Alberto Fujimori that claimed an estimated 69,000 lives. Fujimori is now serving a 25-year sentence for ordering death squads to massacre civilians in his crackdown on rebels. The legacy of the conflict - one of Latin America's bloodiest - has surfaced in this year's presidential race as Peruvians who credit Fujimori with stamping out the Shining Path rally behind his daughter, front-runner Keiko Fujimori.

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