Early Thursday morning eight masked and armed assailants raided at least 50 tourists aboard an Amazon River cruise in the Loreto region.
There were 25 Peruvian, 21 American, six Australian, and two New Zealand tourists aboard the Amazon Discovery, a Delfin Amazon SAC vessel, when armed members of the ‘Los pirates del rio’ criminal gang surprised them – most were fast asleep.
According to an _Andina News Agency_ report, head of the Iquitos Port Authority, commander Oscar Garrido Lecca, claims that the attack occurred at 3 a.m. near the Huaysi village (about an hour from the village of Tamshiyacu, in the Fernando Lores District of the Maynas province).
The armed and masked criminals reached the tourist boat via a powerboat.
Garrido Lecca stated that eight of the Peruvian Navy’s river patrol vessels are searching the river with additional assistance from the Peruvian National Police.
Authorities are trying to track down the US$ 20,000 worth of possessions stolen from the tourists.
According to Garrido Lecca river assaults are rare, and they haven’t experienced one in four to five months – that incident involved a different type of boat.
The last cruise ship assault was reported back in May of 2014.
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