Peru battles resurgent Maoists | News | Al Jazeera

Peru battles resurgent Maoists

Government forced to call in army reinforcements as Shining Path remnants pose fresh challenge.

    The Peruvian army is fighting the remnants of the Maoist group known as Shining Path, the group which was thought to have been largely defeated, are proving a challenge to the country's military.

    Peru has experienced a arp decline in Shining Path attacks since the capture of their leader, but the group was never completely wiped out.

    The government may not be in danger of falling because of them, but it has had to call in army reinforcements.

    Daniel Mora, the defence minister, said:"The strategic menace with the Shining Path is over. Tthe issue is only about flushing them out ... [to[ hunt them one by one with intelligence operations."

    Authorities believe up to 400 Shining Path members operate in the Vrae valley. They may be small in numbers but as Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Lima, they control large areas.

    Warning: Viewers may find some of the images in this report disturbing.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    America's Guns: Secret Pipeline to Syria

    How has the international arms trade exacerbated conflict in the Middle East? People and Power investigates.

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.