By Dialogo January 01, 2013
A Peruvian Soldier peers from a hole in the ground outside the home of the
Japanese ambassador in Lima, Peru, on April 23, 1997. The previous day, Peruvian
troops stormed the residence and ended a four-month hostage crisis, freeing 72
captives of the rebel group Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA). Soldiers used
tunnels to approach the residence and surprise insurgents. Operation Chavín de
Huántar was to last four minutes, but it took more than 40, according to one of the
officers who led the operation.