Peruvian Police Capture 2 Suspected Guerrillas

LIMA – Two suspected members of the Shining Path guerrilla group were captured by police in operations in the Andean province of Huanta and in Lima, the Peruvian Interior Ministry said.

A Shining Path member wanted since 1988 on terrorism charges was arrested in Huanta, a city in Ayacucho region, during “Operation Reforzar 2010,” the ministry said.

The 46-year-old man was wanted for the killings of two people, extortion and robberies committed for the Shining Path.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in Lurin, a district in Lima, on charges that he belonged to the Shining Path’s Huallaga regional committee.

A search conducted by police turned up evidence that the suspect was a member of the column commanded by “Comrade Ruben,” who was killed by the security forces in March in the town of Rio Frio.

The guerrilla is also charged with taking part in an ambush on Feb. 28, 2008, that left five police officers dead in Pumahuasi, a jungle town in Huanuco region.

The Shining Path’s remnants operate in the Upper Huallaga Valley under the command of Florindo Eleuterio Flores Hala, known as “Comrade Artemio,” and in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or VRAE, region, under Victor Quispe Palomino, alias “Comrade Jose.”

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