Peruvian authorities say they have crippled the southern leadership of guerrilla rebel group Shining Path after capturing two commanders. Natasha Howitt reports.
Two suspected commanders of the armed guerilla group Shining Path are transferred to Lima by Peru's National Anti-Terrorism Unit. Peru's Vice Minister of Defence, Ivan Vega, says the capture has crippled the southern leadership of the group. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VICE-MINISTER OF DEFENCE, IVAN VEGA, SAYING: "All that remains is under the command of Renan and Yuri, Renan as political commander and Yuri as military commander. They have both been captured." The two men were captured a few days ago in the south of the county. They were identified as Alexander Alarcon Soto, also known as "Comrade Renan", and Dionisio Ramos, also known as "Comrade Yuri". Soto is being held responsible for murder, and is suspected of armed attacks, planting mines, and sabotage. Vega warns that Shining Path will now try to establish a new line of command to take control of the region. Fighting between the leftist group and the government is estimated to have claimed nearly 70,000 lives.