The Government of Peru Arrests Leaders of a Front Organization for the Shining Path

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 14, 2014

The United States congratulates the Government of Peru for last week’s arrests of at least 28 leaders and members of a front organization for the Shining Path terrorist group. The Shining Path has been designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997. Since 1980, the group is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Peruvians as well as attacks on U.S. Government personnel and facilities.

Under the leadership of President Humala, this successful effort exemplifies an admirable commitment to respect for the rule of law and human rights, to patient and persistent criminal investigation work, and an effective “whole of government” approach featuring coordination among judicial, police, armed forces and intelligence elements.