Leftist rebels behead four civil militiamen in Peru, police say
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Maoist Shining Path rebels shot and beheaded four
members of a peasant militia and kidnapped its leader, police said Thursday.
Four members of the patrol harvesting barley in a field in Peru's central
Andes mountains were also wounded by gunfire in the surprise attack in the
district of Tintay in the department of Huancavelica, 170 miles east of Lima,
a police spokesman said.
The killings happened a week ago but police did not learn of the attack
Wednesday because villagers had to walk for four days to reach a town with
The Shining Path's main leader still at large, Oscar Ramirez Durand, is
believed to operate in the jungle-covered mountains where the attack took
The military armed civilian militias in the late 1980s to fight leftist
rural areas where government presence was limited. The patrols helped
deliver serious setbacks to the rebels in the early 1990s.
Many of the patrols remain active despite a sharp drop in insurgent violence
following the capture of top rebel leaders in the early 1990s. Some 30,000
people have died in political violence since 1980.