Leftist guerrillas raid small town in Peruvian Andes
About 50 members of the Mao-inspired guerrilla group descended Thursday
hamlet of Calicanto in Ayacucho province, some 210 miles (345 kilometers)
southeast of Lima, police said.
Townspeople said the rebels, who were carrying automatic shotguns and wearing
hoods, criticized the government's economic policies and urged the inhabitants to
join their ranks.
The Shining Path, which took root in Ayacucho province, terrorized Peru
1980s and early 1990s with car bombings, assassinations and peasant massacres in
an effort to overthrow the government.
The violence diminished significantly after the capture of the group's
leader in 1992.
Police believe at least 400 Shining Path combatants are still active, mainly
in the Ene
River valley in the lowland jungles of northeast Ayacucho province, and in the
Huallaga River valley several hundred miles (kilometers) to the north.
At the peak of its strength, the Shining Path was believed to have as many
Police believe the group that raided Calicanto also looted the nearby town
Tutumbaro two months ago.
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