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Peru Guerilla Leader Shot, Captured

February 12, 2012

VOA News

Peru's president says an alleged leader of the Shining Path rebel group has been captured deep in the Peruvian jungle.

President Ollanta Humala said Sunday that Florindo Flores, known as "Artemio," was shot and badly wounded before his arrest last week. Initially, Mr. Humala said Flores had died, but authorities now say the guerrilla leader is still alive.

The Maoist Shining Path rebels began their insurgency in 1980, eventually killing tens of thousands of people. Violence declined sharply after its founder, Abimael Guzman, was captured and convicted in 1992, but the rebels continue to carry out smaller attacks.

Attacks have occurred primarily in remote areas used to produce coca, the raw material used in cocaine.

 



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