Shining Path Peru captives led to safety
Shining Path captives led to safety by Peruvian police Reuters

Peruvian troops have liberated eight adults and seven children that were kidnapped by the Shining Path militia group.

They were rescued on Friday (31 July) following the escape of two captives from the camp who then tipped off Peruvian Security forces to their location.

The children were between four and thirteen and were suffering from malnourishment and disease, according to the deputy defence minister for Peru Ivan Vega.

There were no casualties during the mission to free the captives who are understood to have been taken from their villages years earlier with the intention of breeding future soldiers for Shining Path and harvesting the fields for the militia.

The Shining Path is a Maoist guerrilla group that has rallied against the Peruvian government since 1980 when it was founded. It was believed to have been mostly disbanded in the 1990s with only a few factions remaining loyal to its cause.

The captives are receiving medical treatment and continue to be interviewed about their ordeal at the counter-narcotics police base in Mazamari in the Satipo in Peru.

On Monday (27 July) the Peruvian army said it had freed 26 children and 13 adults from the militia.

Vega said the rebels are holding up to 80 more children in remote areas of the Peruvian jungle.