LIMA A Peruvian soldier was killed Friday when one or more guerrillas fired at an army helicopter flying over jungle in the southern region of Cuzco, the military said.
The attack took place at 12:45 p.m. during an aerial patrol in the Valley of the Apurimac and Ene rivers, or VRAE, area, according to a statement from the high command.
Army Cpl. Johny Huatorongo Huaman died from bullet wounds.
The chopper was attacked while flying over station KP-150 on the Camisea natural gas pipeline in the Kepashiato district, where remnants of the Shining Path rebel group kidnapped 36 gas company employees in April.
The workers were eventually released unharmed, but 10 police and soldiers died in clashes with the captors.
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala announced Tuesday that a leader of the Shining Path faction in the VRAE area was killed in a confrontation with security forces.
We have been able to confirm the death of the so-called Comrade Williams, the number four in the party organization of (Shining) Path in the VRAE, he was the No. 2 military commander, Humala told RPP radio.
Comrade Williams staged attacks on military bases in the VRAE in recent years, including the 2009 attack on the Mazangaro base in Satipo province that left 14 soldiers dead. EFE