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Army-Rebel Clash Kills 11 in Peru

March 14, 1998

LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A battle between soldiers and leftist Shining Path rebels in Peru’s highland jungle left 11 dead and six injured, the army said Saturday.

Ten guerrillas and one soldier were killed in Thursday’s fighting near the former Shining Path stronghold of Vizcatan, about 200 miles southeast of the capital, Lima.

The army has rescued only three of the six injured soldiers because heavy rain has prevented helicopters from landing in the remote area, a spokesman from the local army base said on condition of anonymity.

About 20 rebels fled into the jungle, the spokesman said.

The soldiers were searching for Oscar Ramirez Durand, also known as Feliciano, who is thought to be the top Shining Path leader still at large. Most of the Shining Path’s top leaders were captured in the early 1990s, though intelligence sources say it still operates in remote areas.

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