LIMA – An officer was killed and two other soldiers were wounded when guerrillas attacked the Union Mantaro counterinsurgency base in Ayacucho, a region in southern Peru, the armed forces Joint Command said.
The attack occurred around 12:45 p.m. on Monday at the base in the Llochegua district.
Army Lt. Roberto Obregon Angeles was killed in the attack, while Maj. Jorge Villanueva Calderon and Pvt. Ignacio Lancha Chuy were wounded, the Joint Command said.
The armed forces have “intensified the search for the terrorists” who carried out the attack, which happened a day after a suspected guerrilla was killed in a firefight with an army patrol, the Joint Command said.
The firefight took place Sunday in Tincabeni, a sector in San Martin de Pangoa district, which is in the central Andean region of Junin.
The armed forces have been battling the Shining Path guerrilla group’s remnants for years in the coca-growing Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or VRAE, region, which sprawls across portions of Junin, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Huancavelica and Cuzco regions.
The rebels have joined forces with drug cartels and producers of illegal coca, the raw material for cocaine, officials say. EFE