Peruvians feel terrorism could hurt economy, survey finds

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According to a recent survey carried out by Datum International 93 percent of Peruvians believe the Shining Path terrorist group is a threat to the country.

The survey, cited in Gestión, also found that 87 percent of Peruvians think the group’s actions could negatively impact the country’s economy.

>The survey was carried out before the >latest Shining Path attack, which saw the terrorist group attack an airstrip in Kiteni, Cusco, and set fire to 3 helicopters used on the Camisea project.

>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.

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.”

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior Wilfredo Pedraza recently expressed support for a motion to pass laws aimed at fighting terrorism, Gestión reported.

Pedraza added that the government would spend about 800,000 soles to equip more than 300 police stations nationwide, and buy 900 vehicles.

According to a recent survey carried out by Datum International 93 percent of Peruvians believe the Shining Path terrorist group is a threat to the country.

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