HomeNewsBrief‘Shining Path’ Take Out 3 Gas Company Helicopters
BRIEF

‘Shining Path’ Take Out 3 Gas Company Helicopters

EXTORTION / 8 OCT 2012 BY EDWARD FOX EN

Suspected Shining Path rebels destroyed three helicopters that were carrying out work on a gas pipeline running through Peru's lawless VRAE region, highlighting the group's continued control of the area and its threat to energy projects there.

The attack was carried out in the early hours of October 6 in the Cusco region. Around 30 alleged Shining Path guerrillas belonging to the group’s Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE) faction broke into the Kiteni airstrip and blew up three helicopters, reported La Republica. The helicopters were used by gas consortium Transportadora de Gas del Peru (TGP) to conduct maintenance work on a pipeline in the Camisea natural gas fields.

According to La Republica, the attack was the result of TGP’s refusal to pay extortion money to the Shining Path.

TGP announced that all of its maintenance activities will be suspended until further notice, adding, “We trust the state will … take the steps necessary to re-establish security in the area,” reported Reuters.

InSight Crime Analysis

This is not the first time that the Shining Path has targeted TGP. In June this year, guerrillas invaded one of the company’s camps to warn workers not to cooperate with security forces, and painted a helicopter in revolutionary propaganda.

The rebels also kidnapped 36 gas workers working on the Camisea gas fields in Cusco in April, demanding $10 million dollars for the liberation. The workers were released five days later, though the government denied that any ransom had been paid.

Above all, the incident highlights the power of the Shining Path in the VRAE. April’s kidnapping was a highly embarrassing episode for the government, with security forces sent to rescue the workers ambushed and killed by the rebels. TGP's call for the state to "re-establish security" will not be easy to carry out in the region, which has been under a state of emergency since 2003.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

PERU / 13 FEB 2013

Peru is to construct a controversial new airfield and military base for anti-narcotics operations in the drug trade heartland, the…

PERU / 15 JAN 2014

There were months of passivity from the authorities while the face of drug trafficking in the region of Peru known…

BOLIVIA / 17 JAN 2018

Organized crime thrives amid political corruption and uncertainty. There will be plenty of this in Latin America in 2018, helping…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…