n Peru, at least fourteen people, including two children, were killed in an armed attack in a valley where coca is grown. That reports the Peruvian army. The security forces attribute the attack to the Maoist rebel group, the “Shining Path”.
The “Shining Path” rebel group is said to be behind the attack that killed at least fourteen people. According to an army spokesman, the attackers set some bodies on fire, leaving them almost unrecognizable.
The massacre took place in the valley of the three rivers Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro. The remote valley is best known for its cocaine production. The Peruvian government has accused the Shining Path of protecting drug producers in the valley region. It sometimes happens to fight between the rebel group and anti-drug units of the government.
Leaflets were found with the bodies calling for people not to vote in the presidential elections that will take place in two weeks. Conservative Kejko Fujimori takes on socialist Pedro Castillo. A policeman said there might be more casualties in anticipation of the June 6 elections.
The Shining Path is an extremist group that started a guerrilla war in the Andes in the 1980s. In the 1990s, former authoritarian President Alberto Fujimori, the father of the current Conservative candidate, launched a repressive campaign in the mountainous regions, in which many farmers and other innocent people were tortured and killed.
The campaign was unsuccessful, but with the arrest of Shining Path leader Abimael Guzman in 1992, the communist movement lost military strength. Afterwards, the Shining Path focused mainly on its links with the Peruvian drug world. It is estimated that some 70,000 people died between 1980 and 2000 due to the conflict with the Shining Path.