Peru: Ayacucho under siege following Sendero attacks

Peru’s Sendero Luminoso guerillas killed 13 soldiers in two ambushes April 9 in the Valle del Ríos Apurimac y Ene (VRAE) zone of Ayacucho region, military authorities have announced. In the first ambush, one soldier was killed, three were wounded, and two are missing. A captain and 11 soldiers died in a second rebel ambush on a patrol, using dynamite and grenades. Two other soldiers were wounded in the second attack, and one is still missing. The army is carrying out searches in the area where the attacks took place, around Sanabamba community, Ayahuanco district, Huanta province. Authorities have cut telephone communications in the area. (BBC News, April 12; RPP, Peru, April 11)

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