LIMA – An armed group attacked a police station in the northern Peruvian region of Cajamarca, killing three policemen and two civilians while stealing arms and ammunition, authorities told Efe on Monday.
A group of about six people arrived Sunday night at the police station in Santa Rosa, Jaen province, and attacked the officers along with visiting family members.
Among the fatalities were the post commander and his 13-year-old son, a sergeant and his wife, and another officer, a police spokesperson for the Jaen police said.
According to the news program “Primera Edicion” (First Edition), the criminals made off with two rifles, four handguns, 2,000 rounds of ammunition, six bulletproof vests and other items from the station’s armory.
The police station that was attacked is located in the jungle about three hours’ journey from Jaen city.
The brother of the slain station commander, Hugo Barrantes, said on RPP radio that the attack could have been an act of vengeance by robbers who had been arrested several days before by agents from this post but who were later freed by the courts. EFE