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Shining Path Rebels Ambush Peru Troops; One Dead

Maoist rebels ambushed an army patrol in southeastern Peru on Wednesday, killing one soldier, military officials said, in a strike that heightened fears the group was stepping up its attacks. Two soldiers were also wounded in the attack by some 40 Shining Path guerrillas in a remote zone in Huanta province, some 220 miles southeast of Lima, they said. The attack took place after Peru’s military sent about 200 troops to the region following the Shining Path’s 36-hour kidnapping of 71 workers of a gas project this month, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The region where the ambush took place is one of the last hideouts for the estimated 130 Shining Path who press on with their fight against the government, said Col. Benedicto Jimenez, second in command of Peru’s anti-terrorism police, this week. Full Story

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