Three soldiers were killed by suspected Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso: SL) militants in the Valle de los Ríos Apurímac, Ene y Mantaro (VRAEM) region of central Peru on 25 June. According to a statement by Peru's armed forces Joint Command, one soldier was killed when his patrol was ambushed near the town of Valle Manantial in the Vizcatán del Ene district of Satipo Province, Junín department, in the northwest of the VRAEM.
Two soldiers were killed in the same area around an hour later during operations responding to the initial ambush. The statement reiterated the military's commitment to achieve "total pacification" of the VRAEM - Peru's principal coca-producing region and a narco-trafficking hub encompassing parts of Cusco, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Huancavelica, and Junín departments - which President Martín Vizcarra has pledged to achieve by 2021.
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