LIMA – One soldier was killed and two others wounded in a clash with guerrillas in southern Peru’s Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, or VRAEM, area, the military said on Friday.
Members of the VRAEM Special Command were involved on Thursday in “an incident provoked by terrorist criminals” in the Llochegua district of Huanta province, the Armed Forces Joint Command said in a statement.
Cpl. Reider De la Cruz died in the incident and two other soldiers were wounded.
The two wounded men are listed in stable condition and will be transported to a hospital in Lima, according to the statement.
The Joint Command reaffirmed a determination to continue operations aimed at pacifying the VRAEM area, where remnants of the Shining Path guerrilla group continue to operate more than two decades after the insurgency was defeated at the national level.
The Maoist-inspired Shining Path insurgency erupted in 1980 and killed tens of thousands of people before its core elements were smashed in 1992.
Peruvian authorities accuse the surviving Shining Path units of having joined forces with drug cartels in the VRAEM, a major region for production of coca, the raw material of cocaine.