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Deadly ambush: Seven Peruvian police officers shot and killed in Shining Path territory

The ambush is believed to have been carried out by the Shining Path guerrilla group

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February 12, 2023 8:43am

Updated: February 13, 2023 8:51am

At least seven agents of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) were killed this Saturday in an ambush by "suspected terrorists with long-range firearms" in the Valley of the Apumímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, in Vraem, an area where Shining Path guerrilla group operates.

"We regret the loss of our police brothers who have been ambushed when they were traveling in a police vehicle in the town of Natividad in Vraem, where seven officers have died and one police officer has survived," the PNP wrote on Twitter.

The agency confirmed the names of the seven deceased agents: Alfredo Loayza Carbajal, Luis Cerron Palacios, Wilder Eliseo Conozco, Iván Muñoz Fasabi, Sandro Villegas Corahiua, Williams Quispe Anchay, Saul Huarco Samaniego. The survivor, who was injured, is Captain Edwin Mego Villogas.

One lone survivor, who was injured, Capt. Edwin Mego Villogas, was evacuated to the PNP Luis N. Sáenz National Hospital to be treated.

Police sources told EFE that the deceased agents belonged to the National Division of Special Operations (Dinoes) and the Natividad Sector Police Station, in the Pichari district, which belongs to the department of Cuzco and is part of Vraem.

The investigation is ongoing. The culprits are believed to be part of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) gang, which functions as an armed protection group for cocaine producers in the region.

TheMaoist terrorist group, responsible for the largest number of victims during the internal conflict in the country between 1980 and 2000, has evolved in recent decades into a drug trafficking mafia and for two decades there have been operations by the Joint Command of the Armed Forces to end with the group.

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Marielbis Rojas

Marielbis Rojas is a Venezuelan journalist and communications professional with a degree in Social Communication from UCAB. She is a news reporter for ADN America.