Peru: Shining Path Leader Says Kidnapping Achieved Objectives

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Top Story — Shining Path rebel leader Martin Quispe Palomino said in a television broadcast Wednesday that the guerrilla group kidnapped 36 gas construction workers as part of a strategy to lure Peruvian security forces into the jungle to kill them. Quispe, known by nom de guerre “Comrade Gabriel”, spoke with reporters from El Comércio and La República and said that the Shining Path had not expected the Peruvian government to pay the $10 million ransom the group requested to release the workers, who were set free on Saturday. However, Quispe said that the kidnapping was successful because six Peruvian troops were killed in an ambush and a U.S. helicopter was shot down over the jungle. Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, who presided over the capture of top Shining Path leader “Comrade Artemio” in February, declared a state of emergency after the workers were kidnapped over a week ago. The last time the Shining Path guerrillas took a large group hostage was in 2003, when they captured 70 workers employed by Argentine company Techint.

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