LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Shining Path guerrillas killed two local officials and five peasants in separate incidents in the Andean highlands, police said Friday.

The police said six guerrillas broke into the home of the police chief of Chilca, 140 miles east of Lima, Thursday night and shot and killed him.

A note was left next to the body saying ''This is how Apristas die'' - a reference to the governing Aprista Party of President Alan Garcia.

In a similar incident, seven rebels dressed as police shot and killed the police chief of Huamachuco, 350 miles northeast of Lima, after dragging him from his home Thursday night, the police said.

They said guerrillas also killed five peasants Thursday in the town of Huanuhuanu, 545 miles southeast of Lima.

The government says more than 17,500 people have died in political violence since the Maoist Shining Path launched its armed insurgency in 1980.

Police have blamed the Shining Path for Tuesday's murder of former Defense Minister Enrique Lopez, the most prominent victim of the 10-year-old guerrilla war.

Lopez was shot as he was parking his car near a shopping center in a Lima suburb.