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Shining Path Rebels Are Spreading Terror Again in Peru

The scene could have been from the 1980’s, when civil conflict killed thousands here: two flag-covered coffins lowered into the ground as mothers wailed and soldiers in dress uniforms dabbed tears. Peruvians thought they had seen an end to funerals like this one for two young infantrymen killed by Shining Path guerrillas on July 10. But the Shining Path, a fanatical rebel group believed to have been all but eradicated in the mid-1990’s, is again launching attacks, reviving memories of the terror bombings, massacres and weekly body counts that nearly crippled Peru more than a decade ago. “We had thought Shining Path was completely gone,” said Raúl Chamorro, 30, a cousin of one of the slain infantrymen, Julio García, as the funeral came to a close. “No one imagined this could happen.” Shining Path is reappearing in new graffiti, proselytizing in Peru’s outback and launching attacks that have shaken the country and created fresh problems for President Alejandro Toledo, whose government is increasingly unpopular. Full Story

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