Police killed 11 Shining Path rebels and captured five in Andean foothills north of the capital after the insurgents attacked a town, killing two civilians, police said. Tuesday's gun battle occurred near the town of Ambar, 100 miles north of Lima, in an area the guerrillas had not previously been active. Police said the guerrillas attacked Ambar, killing two people and causing some property damage before fleeing. Police were dispatched in helicopters to intercept the rebels, according to the police statement.
It identified one of the dead as Alfonso Mazoni, an area leader of the Mao-inspired rebel organization, and said one of the five captured guerrillas was a woman who had been wounded. The report also said police recovered a large cache of weapons after the battle.