Peruvian Government Announces The Capture Of Three Members Of Shining Path
By Dialogo February 23, 2010Three collaborators of “Comrade Artemio,” the leader of the remnants of Shining Path, have been captured by the police, Peruvian Interior Minister Octavio Salazar announced. An official statement indicated that the three included two men, 34 and 50 years old, and one woman, 37 years old, who were detained in the last few days. According to the interior minister, a thirty-four-year-old man identified as “Comrade Aldo” was captured Friday and is alleged to be the political head of Shining Path’s special annihilation detachment in various localities north of Lima. The alleged terrorist apparently participated in attacks on a factory in the northern locality of Supe and an interprovincial transportation firm and in the murder of three individuals, in 1991. The other detained man was identified as “Comrade Saúl” or “Santiago,” a fifty-year-old captured Friday in the Lima district of Ate-Vitarte and charged with being a member of Shining Path’s metropolitan regional committee. A woman identified as “Comrade Karina” was also detained on 17 February in the jungle locality of Aucayacu and is accused of having been assigned by “Artemio” to coordinate the meetings of members of the terrorist group. Her record also includes participation in an attack on police helicopters on 12 April 2005, as well as the murder of two women in the jungle locality of Molope. The interior minister specified that there were judicial arrest warrants outstanding against the detainees for the crime of terrorism. “These captures are very significant, and we are making progress toward the capture of ‘Comrade Artemio’ in El Huallaga,” Salazar indicated in a press release correcting the identities of the detainees initially provided by the official agency.