LIMA – Three suspected Shining Path guerrillas were arrested in a police operation in Huanuco province, located more than 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) northeast of Lima, Peru’s official Andina news agency reported Tuesday.
The guerrillas, who were captured in different towns in Churubamba district, are accused of belonging to the Shining Path’s Huallaga Regional Committee.
The men were arrested at their homes under court-issued warrants as part of the investigation into the killings of two people on May 4, 2009, and the murders of seven members of a family on Jan. 24, 2005.
Police counterinsurgency units captured two other suspected Shining Path commanders last week in Huanuco.
Interior Minister Octavio Salazar says the police operations are “closing the circle” around “Comrade Artemio.”
The Shining Path’s “remnants” operate in the northeastern Upper Huallaga Valley, a center of coca cultivation and cocaine production, under the command of Artemio and in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, known as the VRAE region, under “Comrade Jose.” EFE