To: Tailgunner Joe
Peru to form battalion to fight Shining Path
LIMA, Peru, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Peru said on Wednesday it planned to form a battalion of troops to fight resurgent Shining Path guerrillas and said it would welcome some help from the United States in doing so.
The notorious Maoist rebels have staged sporadic attacks and incursions in recent months after remaining dormant for much of the past decade. The government has also vowed to arm peasant farmers to help stamp them out.
"We want to create a battalion to fight subversion, but I don't know if we will be able to count on help from the United States," Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi told reporters. "If there was (help), that would be excellent," he added.
Last year, the guerrillas killed 10 people in Lima with a car bomb just days before a high-profile visit by U.S. President George W. Bush. The rebels kidnapped and later released more than 70 workers building a gas pipeline in June, and killed five soldiers and two civilians in a July ambush.
Peru's Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimates up to 69,000 people were killed during during two decades of war between guerrillas and security forces.
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