BBC: Peru troops free Shining Path hostages

April 15, 2012 9:15 am0 commentsViews:

The Peruvian government says a group of gas workers kidnapped by Shining Path rebels on Monday has been freed.

Officials said hundreds of troops surrounded the rebels, forcing them into a hasty retreat, during which they left their captives behind.

The government said all 36 hostages were safe.

There had been conflicting reports about the number of workers abducted, with some reports putting the number as high as 43, and others as low as 7.

“As a result of the energetic pressure and the tactical and intelligence operations carried out by the Armed Forces and the National Police, the criminal narco-terrorists were surrounded and forced to flee, freeing their hostages in the process,” a statement by the Ministry of Defence said. Continue reading