Peru Public Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Mar 22, 2002
This Public Announcement is being issued to alert U.S. citizens to the
bombing incident of March 20 and the potential for further terrorist
violence in Lima. This Public Announcement expires on April 20, 2002.
At 10:51 p.m. on March 20, 2002, a powerful car bomb exploded in a shopping
arcade directly across from the U.S. Embassy in Lima, resulting in nine
deaths and approximately 30 injured victims. American citizens are advised
to be vigilant and avoid crowds and public areas, particularly those areas
where Americans are known to congregate.
Peruvian authorities have increased security at the U.S. Embassy and
U.S.-affiliated facilities. This increased security may include temporary
street closings. The
U.S. Embassy remains open to the public but may close from time to time to
review its security posture. American citizens seeking non-emergency
services should contact the Embassy at (51-1) 434-3000 before visiting in
person to ensure the Embassy is open for business. In addition, the public
should avoid demonstrations or places where large crowds are known to
gather. American citizen visitors and residents in Peru should review their
personal security situation and exercise caution.