Peru’s Shining Path Kills Three In First Deadly Attack This Year, Police Say
April 29, 2010 By Staff
Today in Latin America
Top Story — The police said that rebels belonging to the Shining Path killed a police officer and two civilians who were eradicating coca crops in central Peru on Tuesday morning, according to The BBC.
The attack was first announced and reported by Spanish wire agency EFE on Tuesday, but police refrained from commenting on the suspected identity of the assailants, saying they could have been drug traffickers or guerrillas.
The victims were attacked by sniper fire coming from the jungle surrounding an illicit coca field.
The Shining Path is a guerrilla group that grew to 10,000 members and helped plunge Peru into a violent conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives in the 1980s and 1990s. The group has been largely defeated, but some rebel activity continues. This was the first deadly attack this year, according to The BBC.
The news comes about a week after the founder of the group, Abimael Guzmán, lifted a hunger strike that he and his fiancée Elena Yparraguirre had begun to protest bureaucratic obstacles to their marriage.
Peruvian President Alán García supported allowing the two to wed, though the two live in separate jails. Guzmán and Yparraguirre — his second in command — have been sentenced to life in prison for terrorism and human rights violations.
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