Peru Captures Reputed Guerrilla Commanders
By Dialogo March 08, 2010Peruvian authorities captured two commanders of the Shining Path rebel in the southern region of Ayacucho, Interior Minister Octavio Salazar said. Percy Cartolin Sinchi Tuyo was apprehended early Thursday in the city of Huanta, the minister told RPP radio. Sinchi, who once indoctrinated new Shining Path members in the group's Maoist-inspired ideology, was wanted in connection with a 2008 ambush that left three police officers dead. Another guerrilla chief, Miguel Angel Abad, was detained later Thursday at a hotel in Huamanga, Salazar said. "These apprehensions have been made outside the VRAE (Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers), but obviously they are people who have operations in that zone," he said, referring to a cocaine-producing region where police and soldiers are pursuing an offensive against Shining Path units reputedly aligned with drug traffickers. Shining Path launched its uprising on May 17, 1980, with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho. A truth commission appointed by former President Alejandro Toledo blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence during the two decades following the group's 1980 uprising. Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, signaling the defeat of the insurgency. But remnants of the group in the VRAE and the coca-growing Upper Huallaga Valley did not comply with Guzman's order more than a decade ago to end the armed struggle, and he does not recognize them as members of Shining Path.