Saturday, April 14, 2012

Perú: Thirty-six Kidnapped Peruvian Gas Workers Released, Scant Details

As a follow-up to my April 13 posting, Peruvian rebels of an alleged cell of the terror group, Sendero Luminoso ("Shining Path") seemingly released 36 employees of Skansa, a Swedish natural gas company, and Coga, a Peruvian construction company in a jungle region of southern Perú yesterday (April 14).

The 36 employees were kidnapped on Monday (April 9) after the kidnappers abducted them from local hotels and demanded a ransom payment of US$10 million.

COMMENT: The workers kidnapped in the hamlet of Kepashiato, near the country's main natural gas field in the Amazon jungle.

Despite mobilizing nearly 1,500 soldiers and police in the area, not to mention a police helicopter that was downed by ground fire, that killed the co-pilot and injured three others (presumably by the kidnappers), the Peruvian government has released virtually no details following the release of the captives.

Even though the Peruvian government has a policy of not negotiating or making concession to kidnappers, it is very peculiar that despite the huge ransom demand, neither the government or the kidnappers have released statements.

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