Five Soldiers Die in Shining Path Attack

By Dialogo
August 17, 2012

Five Peruvian Army soldiers were killed and seven others wounded on the night of August 15, during a Shining Path guerrilla attack in the area of Junín, east of capital Lima, informed the news media.

The attack occurred at 20:30 h (1:30 h GMT) when an unknown number of men fired
long-range weapons on the Mazángaro Military Base located in a highly dense forest in the province of Satipo.

The first reports by local Peruvian newspaper La República and the RPP radio station acknowledged the deaths and injuries of the Mazángaro troops, but did not mention any casualties among the Shining Path.

In Lima, authorities were silent and military sources expected an official report from the Armed Forces Joint Command, which controls and directs operations against the rebels.

This is the second incident in the area since August 12, when an army sergeant died during an armed attack from Shining Path rebels near Mazángaro, located in the Apurimac and Ene rivers valley (VRAE), a coca-growing area where drug traffickers operate under guerrilla protection, reported Peruvian authorities.

The Armed Forces Joint Command attributed the attack to retaliation for the capture of a rebel by soldiers on August 11, in the same area.

The Shining Path split in mid-1990s, unleashing an internal war between 1980 and 2000, that left 69,000 people dead or missing, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



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