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Peru hostages released by terrorist group

By Manuel Vigo

The 36 kidnapped Camisea workers have been released according to local TV station Canal N.

Peru hostages released by terrorist group

(Photo: El Comercio/Reference)

The 36 kidnapped Camisea workers have been released according to local TV station Canal N.


The Lieutenant Governor of Chuanquiri told local radio RPP, the hostages arrived at his town at 11 am, after about a seven-hour walk from where they had been left by the terrorists. The workers, he said, were in good health, but were dehydrated when they arrived into town.


According to El Comercio, the workers then took a bus to Kiteni, to meet with their families, after being held hostage since last Monday.


The hostages – employed in activities related to the Camisea gas project – were kidnapped by a guerilla group that stormed the Kepashiato town square. The terrorists later demanded $10 million to release the workers.


The Peruvian government had previously vowed to rescue the hostages safely, and said it would not negotiate with the terrorists.


On Wednesday Defense Minister Alberto Otárola announced the state had sent 1,500 armed forces to search for the hostages in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE) area.