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FIVE police officers died today in a shootout with supporters of an ex-soldier who took over a police station in a southern Peru early on New Year's Day and took 10 police hostage, RPP radio reported.
The radio quoted hospital officials as saying the five police had died of gunshot wounds.
Dr Waldo Altamirano at the hospital earlier confirmed to Reuters that one police officer dispatched to the southern Andean town of Andahuaylas had arrived dead at the hospital, but the radio report could not immediately be confirmed.