Top Guerrilla Reportedly Killed in Peru
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Counterinsurgency troops killed one of the Shining Path guerrilla organization’s top leaders and 12 other Maoist rebels in clashes this week, the official news agency Noticias Andina reported.
Friday’s report said the troops, which have been battling the guerrillas for six years, killed Claudio Bellido Huaytalla and a dozen companions in skirmishes Wednesday and Thursday in the mountains 280 miles southeast of Lima in the department, or province, of Ayacucho, where the rebellion has been centered.
The report said a total of 39 guerrillas, including Bellido and his companions, were killed by security forces in the period Oct. 18-23. It did not report casualties among government forces.
The agency described Bellido, who was known as ″Comrade Cazeli,″ as ″one of the highest authorities of Shining Path,″ adding that ″military forces say the death of Bellido is the strongest blow dealt the subversives by the forces of order since Shining Path appeared in the rural zone.″
Noticias Andina said security forces came upon Bellido and the other guerrillas as they were engaged in what was described as ″an assembly.″