Peru's army prepares for 'all-out' assault on rebels

April 20, 2012 22:37

LIMA - Peru's army is preparing one of its largest offensives in two decades against Shining Path rebels, officials said on Friday, hoping to quash remnants of the group that embarrassed the government over the weekend.

To avoid civilian casualties, the military was evacuating hundreds of indigenous people from villages in a treacherous bundle of serpentine jungle valleys known as the "Dog's Ear," where the Maoist rebels have used landmines, snipers and ambushes against government forces.

Thousands of troops were being deployed as President Ollanta Humala, a former military officer, responds to a public outcry that rebels brazenly kidnapped 36 natural gas workers, shot down a helicopter and killed six security agents in recent days.

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