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Rebels suspected of killing Peru police officers in ambush

At around 2:30 a.m. police were patrolling an area known for drug trafficking in the Ayacucho province when, according to the Associated Press, “attackers opened fire on their vehicle from both sides of a highway…?

A national police communiqué told the UK Associated Press that “the Shining Path Rebels are suspected of the killing of the four highway police officers.?

The Shining Rebels are known around the area as “narcoterrorists,? who work with local drug traffickers who pay the Shining Rebels for protection.

According the Associated Press, “One officer died in the attack, two died from gunshot wounds in a hospital and the fourth was in critical condition, police said.?

Interior Minister Remigio Hernani told the UK Associated Press that “the attackers may have been retaliating for police seizures of drugs.?

The US Associated Press’s story provided more background information on the history of Shining Path Rebels, which was useful because I had never heard of them. Also the term “narcoterrorists? was explained which was helpful.