Shining Path Attack Military Helicopter

By Dialogo
October 25, 2012

A soldier was wounded on October 23 in an alleged attack by Shining Path guerrillas against a MI-17 helicopter in eastern Peru, informed the Armed Forces Joint Command.

The attack took place in the afternoon, while the Russian-made aircraft was “relieving Army personnel in the counter terrorist base of Mazángaro, in Junín department,” according to the communiqué.

The wounded individual is a sergeant of the 2nd Infantry Division, who was transferred to a rural medical post in Pichari. The Military command did not specify the number of attackers or whether any of them were wounded.

On October 13, two police officers died in an ambush by the Shining Path, in a jungle village in the province of La Convención, Cusco department.

A group of Shining Path members set three helicopters on fire in early October. The aircraft provided services for the Peruvian Gas Carrier Company, which was performing work in the gas field of Camisea.

The incident took place at the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro River Valley (VRAEM), where drug trafficking rings operate in partnership with Shining Path Maoist guerrillas, who offer protection to transport the drug.