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Peruvian Officer Wounded in Grenade Blast Dies

LIMA - The police officer who was wounded when a grenade exploded outside a school in Lima, in the latest suspected extortion case in the capital, has died, Peruvian media reported.

Adolfo Castellano, a member of the National Police bomb squad, died on Monday at Lima's police hospital, where he was airlifted, the official Andina news agency said.

The 51-year-old officer was trying to disarm the grenade at Cristo Salvador school in the Villa El Salvador district when the weapon exploded in his face.

A second grenade had exploded under a pick-up truck a few minutes earlier at the school, alerting administrators to the presence of the weapons, the El Comercio newspaper reported on its Web site.

Students had been evacuated before the second grenade exploded, but some parents and employees were still on the grounds.

The principal has been targeted by criminals running an extortion racket and a security guard was recently wounded, parents told Canal N.

This is the most recent case of suspected extortion against private school administrators by common criminals, who have targeted several schools in San Juan de Lurigancho district, Lima's most populous area, and even a circus while a crowd was watching the show, investigators said.
 

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