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Peru police officer found alive,wounded, after 3 weeks missing
(Photo: El Comercio)
By Manuel Vigo
April 30, 2012
On Sunday local news reported police officer Luis Astuquillca Vasquez, who was missing since April 12, had been found alive.
According to El Comercio, Astuquillca, who was wounded during a clash with Shining Path remnants in the jungle area known as the VRAE – arrived in the town of Postaquiato on Saturday.
Astuquillca managed to walk toward safety, despite bullet wounds to his right leg, and arm.
According to local radio RPP, Astuquillca is being treated in a medical centre in Kiteni.
Astuquillca, and officer Cesar Vilca, went missing during a rescue mission for the 36 kidnapped Camisea contractors. Astuquillca said Vilca was severely wounded, but was alive, about 14 kilometers away from Kiteni, El Comercio reported.
According to local media, the hostage rescue mission, carried out by the armed forces and national police, resulted in three deaths, ten injured, and three missing officers.
The hostages were released six days after being kidnapped by a guerilla group that demanded $10 million for their release.
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