Top Member of the Shining Path Killed in Peruvian Jungle

By Dialogo
September 07, 2012

In another blow to this group, Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, a senior leader of the Shining Path, was killed during a confrontation with military forces in Ayacucho (southeast), reported Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on September 5.

“As a result of the confrontation with the Armed Forces, we have been able to confirm the death of so-called ‘Comrade William’. This is a hard blow to the terrorist organization in the VRAEM” (Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers), Humala said to RPP radio.

The clash between the Military Forces and the Shining Path leader occurred on the morning of September 5 in the Llochegua district of Ayacucho Department (about 360 miles southeast of Lima).

The president highlighted that Figueroa was second in command in the VRAEM region, and that he led the Shining Path attacks and ambushes against Military bases in the Peruvian jungle for 22 years.

In February, the Peruvian Military Forces captured Florindo Flores a.k.a. ‘Comrade Artemio’, one of the top leaders of the Shining Path in the Alto Huallaga valley (northeast).

Rolando Cabezas Figueroa, 43, a.k.a. ‘Comrade William’ or ‘Guillermo’ was deemed responsible for the attack on the Mazangaro Military Base in Junín (central jungle), where five soldiers died and seven more were wounded in August.

“Comrade William was responsible for the sniper attack against helicopters of the Armed Forces,” said Humala after noting that operations continue in the area to capture the leaders of the Shining Path.

Rolando Cabezas Figueroa was the creator of an ambush on a military patrol in Sanabamba, Ayacucho, on April 9, 2009, in which 14 Soldiers died, he reported.