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4/16/09

Peru's Sendero Terrorists just doubled their number


A nice report from Reuters today that has spotted the quiet way in which Peruvian army chiefs have quietly upped their estimations for the strength of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrilla/terrorist/narcotrafficking group (all labels seem to fit) to 600 from 300. This also fits in with the insightful mail received by IKN and re-printed in this post earlier this week.

Here's the Reuters note, so go read yourself. Here's the first part:

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LIMA, April 16 (Reuters) - Peru's military doubled its estimate for the size of the Shining Path guerrilla group to 600 on Thursday, after months of bloody ambushes in a coca-growing region that have killed at least 30 soldiers. The deaths have piled up since August, when the army launched an offensive to retake control of the coca-rich Ene and Apurimac valleys. It has since realized there were more rebels than it had thought. "This new estimate (of 600) is based on information we have received following attacks by the terrorists," Peru's joint chiefs of staff said.
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