LIMA – A member of the security team of the Shining Path guerrilla chief known as Comrade Artemio was captured in the southern jungle region of San Martin, Peru’s national police commander said.
Gen. Raul Salazar told a press conference that Marino Tapullima was arrested last Saturday in the Ventanilla district.
Tapullima, alias Comrade Dante, was wanted in connection with several attacks on police in the area and commanded a Shining Path unit in the Upper Huallaga Valley, Salazar said.
The captured rebel also took part in a 2008 assault near the city of Tingo Maria that left five police dead and a 2010 ambush in Aucayacu, Salazar said.
A 2003 truth commission blamed the Shining Path for most of the nearly 70,000 deaths the panel ascribed to politically motivated violence in Peru between 1980 and 2000.
Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman was captured with his top lieutenants on Sept. 12, 1992, an event that effectively marked the defeat of the insurgency.
Remnants of the group remain active in the coca-producing Upper Huallaga and the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, where, according to Peruvian authorities, the rebels work as hired guns for drug traffickers. EFE