Skip to comments.Seven die in coca ambush in Peru (Shining Path)
Posted on 12/18/2006 2:19:31 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Suspected rebels in Peru have killed seven men, including five policemen, in an ambush in the country's coca-growing interior.
The police convoy was attacked during a crackdown on illegal coca-growing in the second major ambush in a year.
The interior ministry has not blamed any group for the attack but remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla movement are known to operate in the region.
More than 20 police have been killed in ambushes in the last year.
The rebel group, which led one of Latin America's bloodiest insurgencies in the 1980s and 1990s, has claimed responsibility for similar attacks.
The government says it will prolong a state of emergency in various coca growing regions of Peru, for a further two months.
It was a carefully planned ambush. The attackers laid in wait for the police convoy before firing on their vehicle with grenades and high-powered automatic rifles.
They took weapons from the dead policemen before disappearing back into the mountainous jungle of Ayacucho region.
The convoy, which included five policemen and two workers from the state-run coca company, Enaco, had been on their way to eradicate and replace illegal coca leaf crops - the raw material to make cocaine.
Peru permits a certain amount of coca to be cultivated and sold to its state company, Enaco, for traditional use but at least 80% of what is grown in the country is unaccounted for.
Colombian and Mexican drug cartels are known to be operating in the coca-growing areas and cocaine production is increasing as the authorities struggle to impose control.
This latest attack came as the government announced a plan to combat the remaining Shining Path guerrillas. Some analysts say this pushed the rebels to go on the offensive.
Shining Path...Probably coming soon to a southern border near you...
The Sendero Luminoso will, if ever allowed to come to power will make the Kemer Rouge look like pre-schoolers. These guys are butchers.
Yep, you are absolutely correct. Them and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front(FMLN)folks from El Salvador. Particularly bloody bunch. These FMLN butchers were marching at one of those big immigration rallies sometime earlier this year. Had flags and everything. Bad, bad news if we have these people in this country.
Shining Path was decimated by Fujimori, which is why he was run out of town by the likes of slick willie and jimmy carter.
Prayers for the victims of these communist terrorists. May they rest in peace.