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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Resort to Music in Lima

LIMA, Peru -- Peru blasted martial music in the early hours Thursday at Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement rebels holding 72 hostages at the Japanese ambassador's home as part of stepped-up police efforts to weaken the guerrillas' resolve in the 44-day siege.

The military tunes blaring from three loudspeakers shattered the night's silence around the capital's middle-class district of San Isidro just after 1 a.m. The noise woke neighbors, who came to their windows and doorsteps and stared dazed at the speakers.

The soundtrack played for about half an hour and included the noise of aircraft, creating the impression that helicopters and planes were approaching the fortified compound, witnesses said.

After the music a police armored vehicle rumbled several times around the residence at a distance of one block.