In an operation dubbed “Hurricane,” Peruvian national police arrested at least 20 suspected Shining Path guerillas linked to cocaine trafficking in a series of simultaneous raids in Lima and the eastern rainforest region Aug. 13. More than 200 agents took part in the sweeps targeting 48 suspects allegedly tied to a regional Shining Path boss known as “Artemio.” Some escaped, but President Alan Garcia claimed it as a major blow against the Maoist guerillas. “Archaic communists who are anti-social and bent on ending the economic and social advancement of Peru have been knocked down once again,” he said. (Reuters, Aug. 15)
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