U.S. will give $5 million reward for two peruvian terrorists linked to drug trafficking.
Abimael Guzman, founder of the Shining Path guerrilla group, is seen in this Sept. 24, 1992, file photo, following his capture. From his cell, he is now promoting terrorism by publishing his memoirs.
Bounty hunters who help nab two leaders of a Maoist terrorist group suspected of involvement in Peru’s cocaine trade will be given rewards of up to $5 million by the United States, the U.S. embassy in Lima said on Monday, in a report published by Reuters.
The rewards target Florindo Eleuterio Flores, known as comrade Artemio, who leads a band of Shining Path guerrillas in the Alto Huallaga coca-growing region, and Victor Quispe Palomino, known as comrade Jose, who runs a faction of rebels in the rugged jungles of the Ene and Apurimac River Valleys.
The decision by the State Department to include the two men in its Narcotics Rewards Program comes days after the United Nations said Peru had overtaken Colombia as the world’s top planter of coca — the raw ingredient for cocaine.
The Maoist Shining Path launched a bloody war against the state in 1980. When its founders were captured in the early 1990s, some hardened guerrillas retreated into the country’s jungles and went into the cocaine business.
Peruvian President Alan Garcia has called Artemio and Jose “narcoterrorists.” His administration has struggled to..READ MORE HERE.