Cusco: heavily armed police in Machu Picchu, after Camisea terrorist attack

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>Peruvian authorities have placed heavily armed police at main railway stations in Cusco, and around the streets of Aguas Calientes, T-News reported.

The increased security comes after >Shining Path remnants attacked an airstrip in Kiteni, Cusco, and set fire to three helicopters that were used for the Camisea natural gas project.

The heavily armed police, according to El Diario del Cusco, have caused alarm and concern among local residents and tourists.

Although the attack occurred far from Cusco’s tourist areas, it has caused some politicians to question whether the Shining Path could eventually target tourists.

Earlier this month Congressman Octavio Salazar said Shining Path remnants had recently been seen in Aguas Calientes in Cusco, and warned that tourist kidnappings could occur.

>Following the attack Peruvian Minister of Defense Pedro Cateriano said the government had decided to increase security personnel at key points of the Camisea gas pipeline, over >fears of a terrorist attack.

Furthermore, former presidential candidate Pedro Pablo Kuczynski warned that a terrorist attack to the Camisea pipeline could severely affect the country’s energy supplies.

“There is a group of things that need to be done to solve the issue,” Kuczynski said, “if not Lima will run out of gas, and gas makes up 40 percent of the energy we use.”

Peruvian authorities have placed heavily armed police at main railway stations in Cusco, and around the streets of Aguas Calientes.

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