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MAOISTS SET OFF BOMBS IN LIMA; JAILED LEADER SAYS WAR WILL GO ON

Maoist rebels detonated a string of bombs in the capital, backing up their captured leader's claim the 12-year guerrilla war will continue.

President Alberto Fujimori, meanwhile, stressed that security measures had been severely tightened to prevent the escape of rebel leader Abimael Guzman before his trial next week.Shining Path rebels bombed three banks in central Lima on Thursday, shattering windows and buckling doors but causing no casualties. The guerrillas also detonated three bombs in the National Engineering University, a one-time stronghold now occupied by the army.

Security forces entered another center of Shining Path influence, San Marcos University, seizing rebel propaganda and detaining six students.

The 57-year-old Guzman, captured in Lima on Sept. 12, spoke in public for the first time since going underground in the late 1970s.

Dressed in prison stripes, the leader of the Shining Path movement denied that his capture meant defeat and vowed that the group would keep fighting until it seized power.

"We're going through a difficult moment, let's not fool ourselves," the bearded Guzman said. "But the people's war will overcome without a doubt."

Pacing the cage and repeatedly thrusting his right fist into the air, Guzman said the country was in the worst crisis in its history and swore to bring about revolutionary change.

"Once more the nation, our history, are at risk," he said. "But the war is a fact. Maoism will fight without quarter."