Military Arrests Alleged Members of the Shining Path
By Dialogo September 11, 2012A military patrol captured two women, suspected of being members of the Shining Path guerrillas, in a village in the province of Huancayo, in the Peruvian Andes, on September 8, reported the Joint Command of the Armed Forces.
The operation, which was carried out in the central town of Ranrapata, Huancayo Province, Junín, produced the “arrest of two alleged terrorists, members of an alleged terrorist women’s detachment, which apparently were responsible for the care for children,” the Military Armed Forces pointed out in a statement.
The note indicates that three children were rescued, a ten-month-old, a four-year old and an eight-year-old, which were under the care of the women.
Additionally, the patrol seized numerous indoctrination and terrorist propaganda brochures, as well as chargers, solar panels, and backpacks.
The arrest of the women occurred two days after a guerrilla attack killed a Military service member in the Kepashiato district, in Cusco region (southeast), when he was on board a Military helicopter.
The Shining Path is a Maoist organization that disbanded in the middle of the last decade. Its main leaders, who are currently serving life sentences in prison, began an internal conflict in 1980 which, left some 70,000 dead after two decades of terror, according to the Commission of Truth and Reconciliation.
The region of the Peruvian jungle has become a safe haven for remnants of the Shining Path groups.