Peruvian Army First Lieutenant Dies in Shining Path Attack

By Dialogo
April 10, 2012

On April 8, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command announced that a Peruvian Army first lieutenant died after having been wounded a day earlier in a confrontation between a patrol and a remnant column of the Shining Path guerrilla group in southeastern Peru.

The clash also led to the death of a member of Shining Path. The incident took place in the district of Llochegua, in the Apurímac and Ene River Valley. Due to the presence of Shining Path members and drug traffickers since 2006, this area is still considered a war zone by authorities.

The deceased officer who was unable to recover from the serious wounds he received in the armed clash was identified as Manuel Jesús Delgado.

The Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command indicated that it has arranged for the transport of first Lieutenant Delgado’s body to Lima as soon as weather conditions improve.

In February, an Army captain also died in the same region following a guerrilla attack.

“Comrade ‘José’ is the leader of that [Sendero Luminoso] dissident faction, which survives,” according to the Peruvian government, regarding the criminal organization’s collaboration with drug traffickers.