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60,000 Said Vanished Under Peru Rebels

Peruvian investigators dramatically increased their estimate of the death toll from a two-decade fight against Shining Path rebels, saying they now believe between 40,000 and 60,000 people perished or disappeared. Officials had previously estimated that 30,000 people were killed and 6,000 disappeared during the period of the worst fighting, between 1980 and the early 1990s. The new figures emerged Tuesday as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission — an autonomous, government appointed group — neared the end of its two-year investigation, which included interviews with nearly 18,000 victims. As a result of cross-referencing data and consulting international experts, commission president Salomon Lerner Febres said “we have felt that there is a minimum of 40,000 deaths and it might be … 60,000 — that’s the ceiling.” This includes 7,000 to 8,000 people who disappeared, the majority at the hands of “the forces of order,” he said. Full Story

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