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Maoist Shining Path Guerrillas Kill 7 in Peru
AP ^ | July 11, 2003 | MONTE HAYES

Posted on 07/12/2003 5:49:03 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe

PICHARI, Peru - Shining Path guerrillas ambushed a 30-man marine patrol in a section of steep, mountainous jungle, killing seven and wounding 10 in the Peruvian military's worst loss to rebels in at least four years, military sources said Friday.

A marine captain, four other marines and two civilian guides were killed in the attack Thursday afternoon in the Ayacucho region when rebels opened fire after they stopped to take a break in a clearing, said an army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The attack was another strong sign of a resurgence in Shining Path activity. Last month, 71 pipeline workers were kidnapped by guerrillas at a remote pipeline construction in Ayacucho. They were released a day later.

Since then, some 20 military patrols have been combing the thick, jungle-covered gorges in search of the kidnappers. One soldier has been killed and at least two wounded on patrols.

The patrol had been inserted by helicopter early Thursday after intelligence reports indicated rebels were spotted buying supplies across the river in the village of Matucana, the officer said.

The guerrillas attacked the marines in a clearing outside Matucana after the patrol stopped for rations, with many of the soldiers putting down their weapons to eat.

"Bullets were coming in from every direction," the officer told The Associated Press outside the Pichari counterinsurgency base in this ramshackle village of thatched huts and tin roofed shacks on the Apurimac River, about 220 miles southeast of Lima.

Scrambling in the chaos to return fire, the marines were unable to see the rebels, who were hidden in the shadows and thick underbrush, the army officer said. It was unlikely that any guerrillas were killed, he said.

The wounded were evacuated by helicopter to the city of Ayacucho on Thursday and then flown by military plane to Lima for treatment, the army officer said. Ayacucho, about 200 miles southeast of Lima in the Andes Mountains, is the birthplace of the Shining Path.

Local community self-defense leaders — known as "ronderos" — have said the rebels are now using new, modern weapons. During the height of their campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the guerrillas relied on secondhand weapons stolen from police and soldiers.

The Shining Path launched its armed conflict in 1980 after a decade of planning. By the early 1990s the group almost brought the Peruvian government to its knees, assassinating mayors and peasants unwilling to support them in the countryside and waging a car-bomb campaign in Lima.

The violence dropped significantly with the capture of founder Abimael Guzman in 1992.

In October 1999, three army officers and a military pilot were killed when about 60 rebels opened fire on their helicopter as it landed in a jungle clearing in the same general region.

Fighting since 1980 has left about 30,000 dead, including soldiers, rebels and civilians.


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1 posted on 07/12/2003 5:49:03 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Lori Berenson must be pleased by this news.
2 posted on 07/12/2003 5:54:10 AM PDT by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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3 posted on 07/12/2003 5:56:48 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
The inevitable result of running Fujimori out of the country. He kept these terrorists out of action, something the left hated.
4 posted on 07/12/2003 5:58:40 AM PDT by OldFriend ((BUSH/CHENEY 2004))
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5 posted on 07/12/2003 6:50:49 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Shining Path... there was an article on FR a day or two ago that noted that they've got a plush HQ in Tehran. Along with other terrorist organizations around the world...
6 posted on 07/12/2003 8:42:09 AM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: OldFriend
Re #4

I agree. I was sure that his successor couldn't rein on murderous guerillas like Shining Path for long. Soon the guerillas would get Lori Berenson out of jail.:)

7 posted on 07/12/2003 9:16:38 AM PDT by TigerLikesRooster
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To: Eala
This is not good. Do you remember anything about the title of the article (about the Tehran-Sendero link)? I'd like to keep up on this.
8 posted on 07/12/2003 9:51:47 AM PDT by livius
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Jimmy Carter was in the forefront of getting rid of Fujimori. Long before the elections he was insisting Fujimori had to go, blah blah blah.
9 posted on 07/12/2003 10:13:22 AM PDT by OldFriend ((BUSH/CHENEY 2004))
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bye bye Fujimore....Hello Sendero Luminosa!
11 posted on 07/12/2003 3:08:59 PM PDT by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
These guys have killed an estimated 15,000 people, or more, over the decades.
12 posted on 07/12/2003 3:13:32 PM PDT by Joseph_CutlerUSA (I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.)
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To: seamole
Thanks, seamole.
14 posted on 07/12/2003 8:12:43 PM PDT by livius
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To: livius
This is not good. Do you remember anything about the title of the article (about the Tehran-Sendero link)? I'd like to keep up on this.

Gosh, I'm afraid I don't. It might have been on one of the daily Iran threads. I'm about to go offline else I'd check them now. It wasn't a link between SL & Tehran explicitly though -- it was about Tehran being a crossroads of international terrorism, with many organizations having some kind of representation there, and some form of convocation there every February (though, you know, the more I think on the article the less believable it gets...).

15 posted on 07/12/2003 8:21:37 PM PDT by Eala (Freedom for Iran -- http://eala.freeservers.com/iranrally)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; harpseal; archy; StriperSniper; hchutch; ppaul; Mudboy Slim; goldilucky; ...
sorry, previous bump meant for this thread, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the Carville caption thread as well.
17 posted on 07/13/2003 11:26:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Bump!
18 posted on 07/13/2003 11:48:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Tailgunner Joe
evening bump here
19 posted on 07/14/2003 12:21:09 AM PDT by goldilucky
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Poohbah; Cincinatus' Wife
Shining Path? I thought they were extinct.
20 posted on 07/14/2003 5:26:44 AM PDT by hchutch (The National League needs to adopt the designated hitter rule.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Cincinatus' Wife

"The blood of the people has a rich perfume, and smells like jasmine, violets and daisies. "

- From "Broom Flower," the unofficial anthem of the Shining Path

21 posted on 07/14/2003 6:35:51 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo
Bump!
22 posted on 07/15/2003 2:04:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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