January 18, 1997 in Nation/World

Hostage Released On Medical Grounds

Compiled From Wire Services

Peruvian guerrillas holding scores of hostages in the Japanese Ambassador’s residence Friday released one more of their captives, an official of Peru’s anti-terrorist police unit who the Red Cross said was freed on medical grounds.

About 2 p.m., Michel Minnig, a Red Cross mediator, left the residence with a man in a dark suit, who he later identified as Luis Valencia Hirano, head of the Delta force of Peru’s anti-terrorist police. As is its policy, the Red Cross did not specify Valencia’s medical condition.

Valencia was the first hostage to be released since the beginning of the year and the first of at least 25 senior police and military officials, including six army generals, who are among the 73 hostages still being held.

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