Shining Path attacks Cusco airstrip

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Shining Path remnants set fire to three helicopters during an attack on the Kiteni airstrip in Cusco, on Saturday.

Sources inside the country’s armed forces confirmed the attack to local TV station Canal N, and said the helicopters were being used for the Camisea natural gas project.

The terrorists, sources said, had been waiting to ambush a military patrol in the area, but were forced to change plans after the patrol changed their route.

The Shining Path remnants allegedly assaulted the airstrip’s security guards before setting fire to the helicopters.

Terrorism specialist Pedro Yaranga told Canal N that Martin Quispe Palomino, also known as Comrade Gabriel, led the attack.

Yaranga said the attack was financially motivated, and said the Shining Path has been extorting transnational companies operating in the jungle area known as the VRAEM.

“Initially,” Yaranga said, “there had been some talk of injuries and possible hostages […] it appears Gabriel was involved in this group.”

“The terrorist told employees that their company had not been paying its quota.”

>Yaranga added that the > kidnapping of Camisea contractors, last April, had also been financially motivated.

Furthermore, Congressman Octavio Salazar said Shining Path remnants had recently been seen in Aguas Calientes in Cusco.

Salazar warned that the group could be planning to kidnap tourists, El Comercio reported.
 

Shining Path remnants set fire to three helicopters during an attack on the Kiteni airstrip in Cusco, on Saturday.

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