Sendero Stages Another Huge Deadly Ambush – 13 Dead

Press release out of Lima. Sendero is still in the Ene, and they have not been able to move out of there too much.

The Vizcatan is a long term base for Sendero. This attack took place in Ayahuasco, south of the red-shaded region.
The Vizcatan is a long term base for Sendero. This attack took place in Ayahuasco, south of the red-shaded region.

This part of Huanta in Ayacucho is in the Ene.
Provinces of Ayachucho. Huanta can be seen at the top.
Provinces of Ayacucho. Huanta can be seen at the top.

They’ve gotten a lot stronger in recent days though. They are taxing the coca traffickers and seem to be well-supplied with weapons and uniforms.
Detailed Map of Ayacucho. Ayahuasco is just east of San Pedro de Cortis at the top of the map.
Detailed Map of Ayacucho. Ayahuasco is just east of San Pedro de Cortis at the top of the map.

The group is still very small, but they are clearly growing explosively compared to their very low levels of 2003-2007.
This is pretty much where Sendero is at these days - as you can see, it's a small area of the country.
This is pretty much where Sendero is at these days - as you can see, it's a small area of the country.

I am going to very, very tentatively support the new Sendero until someone can show me that there is some viable alternative for this ruined nation. Those who oppose Sendero are requested to produce evidence of a viable alternative to them.
Sendero was pretty much smashed around 1992 or so. Here it is, 17 years later, and nothing is even 1% better in Peru. If you’re progressive and you hate Sendero, ok, I can relate, but what do you suggest instead?
Pretty weird that the Prime Minister of Peru (a hard rightwinger) is a Jew. WTH? How many Jews are in Peru anyway?
Sun Apr 12th 2009 LIMA Communist Party of Peru (PCP) rebels in Peru have staged one of their deadliest attacks in years, killing 13 soldiers in an ambush of a military patrol in the country’s remote southeast.
On Saturday the attack from the PCP used dynamite and grenades, and their victims included a captain, a junior officer and 11 soldiers.
The assault, one of the deadliest by the Maoist guerrilla group in the past decade, also left one soldier missing and two more wounded. “Most of the soldiers plunged over a cliff,” but the circumstances of the deaths and the fall off the mountainside were not immediately clear. The ambush came only hours after one soldier was killed and four were wounded in another PCP attack on a military patrol in the same area of Ayacucho department, 550 kilometers (341 miles) southeast of the capital Lima.
The ‘defense minister’ said an army unit and a helicopter have been dispatched from Huanta city to help the survivors of the ambush and hunt down the Maoists. The latest ambush came barely 48 hours after Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in crimes committed by an army death squad during his 1990-2000 rule.
He is accused of conducting a “dirty war” to fight both the Maoist PCP and Tupac Amaru rebels. The PCP have grown bolder in their attacks and have made the coca growing region along the Apurimac Ene river their stronghold, allying themselves with local peasant masses. Sociologist Jaime Antezana said there have been 11 Maoist attacks on military patrols in the past 11 months, adding that the military “fare the worst.”
“These are not isolated but systematic attacks. We’re dealing with highly mobile rebel forces who since 2005 have been expanding their presence in the coca growing valley in southeastern Peru,” the expert in rebel and drug violence told RPP radio. Prime Minister Yehude Simon decried Thursday’s ambushes as “desperate responses by the Shining Path in the face of advances by the armed forces” in Apurimac Ene.
Thursday’s attack was the deadliest since an October 10 rebel ambush that killed 14 people — 12 soldiers and two civilians — in nearby Huancavelica Department. There have been 21 rebel ambushes since July 2003 that have left 35 soldiers, 23 police and more than a dozen civilians dead. The region is just northwest of Ayacucho, where the PCP was founded in the 1960s and from where it has operated for more than two decades.

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