In Peru, police have arrested a leader of the ‘Shining Path‘ terrorist group.
Edgar Mejia, also known as “Comrade Izula” is accused of organising attacks on police in which 11 officers have died in the last five years.
Mejia’s younger brother was one of two terrorists killed during the arrest. A third brother is already in prison.
The Shining Path was a violent Maoist revolutionary group that attacked Peruvian civilians and government representatives alike during the 80s and 90s. The remnants of the group now control much of the country’s illegal cocaine production.
According to the UN, Peru has overtaken Columbia as the world’s top producer of coca, the raw ingredient needed to make cocaine.