Communist guerrillas attacked two Mormon churches and a U.S. cultural center with bombs Tuesday, demanding U.S. citizens abandon the country, police and a church official said.
The attacks came at midnight and 1 a.m. in Chiclayo, 415 miles northeast of Lima.The fronts of the chapels of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were damaged by the blasts, said Franklin Arroyo Suarez, a local church official in the Chiclayo area.
The Peruvian-North American Cultural Institute, which promotes cultural programs and teaches English, also was damaged. But police said no one was hurt in any of the three attacks.
Police said two guerrillas believed to be members of the Shining Path movement left printed material at the scene threatening U.S. citizens and calling on them to leave the country.
Arroyo said all foreign missionaries in the area were being kept home Tuesday as a precaution.
Mormon churches also have been attacked this year by leftist guerrillas in Bolivia and Chile. Two Utah missionaries were murdered in La Paz, Bolivia, in May by guerrillas.