A soldier died and three others were injured in Peru during an ambush allegedly from the remnant of terrorist group which is still active in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), the largest coca-growing basin in the country, dominated by the drug trafficking.
The attack occurred at the height of Puerto Palmeras, on the left bank of the Apurímac River, which belongs to the Vizcatán del Ene district, in the Junín region, very close to the stronghold where the hosts of this remnant of the Shining Path are hiding. called the Militarized Communist Party of Peru (MPCP).
From that point three hovercraft were shot of the Peruvian Navy that carried out river control operations in that sector, according to the Joint Command of the Armed Forces in a statement.
As a result of the shots, the second officer of the Peruvian Navy, Gustavo Valladares, died and the second lieutenant Edgard Elescano, the first officer Brayan Ahuanari and the second officer Roberto Carlos Chero were wounded.
After repelling the attack, the boats moved to the Unión Mantaro base to, from there, airlift the deceased and the wounded, who are currently receiving medical assistance at the Pichari armed forces fort, in the region of Cusco.
This event occurs less than two months after another ambush by the remnant of Sendero Luminoso claimed the lives of a policeman and a soldier from the Peruvian Army, in addition to injuring five other members of the same patrol, who were surprised by mines. placed by suspected terrorists.
Lag of internal conflict
The VRAEM is the last active scene of the bloody internal armed conflict (1980-2000) unleashed in Peru by the Maoist group Sendero Luminoso and the Marxist Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), which caused some 69,000 deaths, according to the final report of the Commission. of Truth and Reconciliation (CVR).
In addition to serving as a hiding place for subversives, VRAEM is the main coca-growing basin in Peru, where half of the more than 50,000 hectares of illicit coca leaf crops that exist in the country, and that produce 70% of the 411 tons of cocaine estimated to be exported annually from Peru.
It is a large area of mountainous and rugged jungle on the eastern slope of the Andes that partially covers up to four regions of the Peruvian territory.
The last of Sendero
The self-styled MPCP is led by the brothers Víctor and Jorge Quispe Palomino (“comrade José” and “comrade Raúl”, respectively), without the authorities knowing exactly how many men they have under their command, although it is estimated that there are between one and two hundreds.
These leaders took control of the Shining Path in the VRAEM at the end of the 1990s, when the entire leadership of the organization was captured.
However, the founder of Sendero, Abimael Guzmán, who is serving a life sentence in a naval base, does not recognize them as such and they do not follow orders from the nicknamed “Chairman Gonzalo.”
However, prior to Guzmán’s capture in 1992, the two brothers participated in various criminal acts by Sendero in their bloody crusade to imitate China’s people’s war and install a Maoist regime in Peru.
Currently the Peruvian authorities They are branded as “narco-terrorists” for acting in collusion with the VRAEM drug trafficking, as they presumably provide security for drug transportation in exchange for being financed by drug traffickers.
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