Peruvian Police Announce Capture of a Shining Path Commander

By Dialogo
April 01, 2010

The Peruvian anti-terrorist police have captured an alleged military commander of the Shining Path (SL) armed group who is accused of participating in attacks on two foreign firms in 2003 and 2007, the interior minister, Gen. Octavio Salazar, announced Wednesday. “He is a very important commander who led a Shining Path squadron in the southern part of the Apurímac and Ene River Valley (Vrae),” Salazar told the press, after indicating that the capture took place in a residence in the Ayacucho region (in southeastern Peru). The detainee was identified as Víctor Quispe Jara, twenty-five years old, suspected by the police of having participated in attacks on the Argentine firm Techint and the U.S. firm Doe Run in 2003 and 2007. Quispe Jara is the son of José Quispe Palomino, known as “Comrade José,” who directs a Shining Path column in the Vrae region, the minister indicated. Shining Path is also present in the Alto Huallaga region, in the central jungle.