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US Arrests Three Allegedly Involved in War Crimes in South America


U.S. law enforcement officials have announced the arrest of three former South American military officers, an Argentine and two Peruvians, who are suspected of war crimes.

The officials say former Argentine military officer Ernesto Guillermo Barreiro was arrested in Virginia, about 75 kilometers west of Washington, D.C. He is alleged to have been the chief interrogator at a clandestine detention facility during Argentina's so-called Dirty War in the 1970s and 1980s.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say the two other suspects, former Peruvian military officers, are alleged to have been involved in the 1985 killing of 69 people in the Peruvian village of Accomarca.

Telmo Ricardo Hurtado was arrested in Miami, and the other suspect, Juan Manuel Rivera-Rondon, was taken into custody in Baltimore.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.