September 14, 2008

Peru Mob in Attack on Britons

FOURTEEN Britons were among a group of tourists held captive and beaten with iron bars at a remote llama farm in Peru.

A mob of 80 locals forced the party off their tour bus after smashing the windows with rocks.

The villagers mistook the holidaymakers for mining company workers, who they blame for damaging their land.

Tour guide Isabel Surco said: "We were stopped by the entire village calling us thieves and saying we were there to set up mines and steal their resources."

After a five-hour standoff, police brought the mob under control.

Luca Newbold, director of Llama Travel, said: "There was aggressive behaviour, but no-one was hurt and they have all continued their holiday."

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