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Shining Path Carried Out Kidnapping in Peru, El Comercio Says

Peru’s Shining Path guerrilla group said it took hostage 36 gas construction workers for six days last week to protest the policies of President Ollanta Humala and further its objective of annihilating the armed forces, El Comercio reported.

The group killed four policemen and shot down an army helicopter searching for the kidnapped workers, the Lima-based newspaper said, citing comments by Martin Quispe Palomino, a senior member of the insurgent group who’s also known as Comrade Gabriel.

Construction companies Skanska AB and Construcciones Modulares paid no ransom for the workers’ release, despite an initial demand for $10 million, Quispe told reporters who traveled to a jungle area of the Cuzco region in the south of the country where the abduction took place April 9.

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