Police arrest man carrying 36 grenades

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Jobana Soto

Just days before 21 heads of state gather in Lima for the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a man was found carrying 36 grenades in his backpack in the Lima district of San Martín de Porres.

According to police, Edwin Valladolid, 31, was detained on Sunday while going in the direction towards the center of Lima. An on-going investigation is still underway to pinpoint where Valladolid was headed and his motives.

"We think he belongs to a larger group, which we are still trying to identify," said Police Colonel Julio Vergara.

Vergara, also in charge of APEC security, said it was unlikely Valladolid was targeting the international summit but will not rule it out as further investigation continues.

According to El Comercio, Valladolid told police he was unaware of the contents inside the package he was carrying and only doing a favor for his friend “Pocho.” 

The arrest came after three police officers in Ayachuco were killed in an ambush that is suspected of being led by the Maoist Shining Path rebel group.