first published on April 24, 2016 by Will
On 17 December 1996, leftist militants of the Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement stormed the Japanese Embassy in Lima, Peru, taking hundreds of government officials and business executives as hostages.
Many of the hostages were released through negotiations, however, the standoff continued for 126 days and 72 people were still being held against their will. During that time, the Peruvian government began tunneling under the complex, and on 22 April 1997, Peruvian commandos breached the compound.
One hostage died during the rescue as well as two soldiers. The remaining 71 captives were freed. Every one of the 14 militants were killed. It is said that some of the insurgents were executed on the spot shortly after their capture, but hey, play stupid games… win stupid prizes.