Remains of 26 victims of Peru's Shining Path handed over - Kogonuso


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Nov 7, 2018

Remains of 26 victims of Peru's Shining Path handed over

LIMA: The remains of 26 Peruvians, victims of an atrocity carried out by Maoist rebels more than three decades ago, were handed over to their families in a ceremony Wednesday (Nov 7), officials said.

The handover, following identification procedures finalised 34 years after their deaths, took place in the farming community of Llacchuas in Peru's Ayacucho region.

The mountainous region was the epicenter of a two-decade insurgency by Shining Path guerrillas

Prior to the handover of the remains by government officials, families of the victims bearing white coffins took part in a procession through the streets of the small town.

On Apr 22, 1984, guerrillas used guns, knives and machetes to kill 26 peasant farmers - men and women whose families have since spent decades looking for their remains and demanding justice.

In September, President Martin Vizcarra approved a law that will create a gene bank to help in the search for Peru's "disappeared".

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