October 5, 1999
Fujimori revises death toll from rebel attack to 5

                  LIMA, Peru (Reuters) -- President Alberto Fujimori on Tuesday lowered
                  the death toll from a weekend clash between Peru's armed forces and
                  Shining Path rebels to five soldiers from nine.

                  Scores of Shining Path guerrillas ambushed Saturday an army helicopter
                  after it landed at a jungle clearing in the latest outbreak of periodic violence
                  in Peru's 19-year-old conflict, military sources said.

                  In the clash in central Peru, two rebels were also killed and nine other
                  soldiers were injured -- mainly with bullet wounds -- Fujimori told journalists
                  in Government Palace as he corrected a version he recounted Monday.

                  An 800-strong military force was hunting for the Shining Path attackers
                  through rugged jungle in the Satipo province over 280 miles (450 km) east
                  of Lima, he added.

                  Earlier this decade Shining Path almost brought the state to its knees, but the
                  capture of key commanders has virtually defeated the Maoist group.

                  Hardline units still carry out occasional attacks on villages and military
                  patrols in remote jungle and highland areas.

                  Fujimori's no-concessions military strategy against guerrillas is popular in
                  Peru but his reputation for giving contradictory accounts of operations has
                  raised concern among the electorate over his credibility, according to

                  Peru's guerrilla wars have cost 30,000 lives but the fighting now typically
                  results in no more than a few hundred deaths each year, according to military

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