By Dialogo August 14, 2012 A Peruvian Army sergeant was killed Aug. 12, during a clash with a column of Shining Path guerrillas in Junín Department (east), informed the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. The clash occurred near the town of Mazángaro in the jungle of Junín, which is located in the Apurimac and Ene rivers valley (VRAE), a coca-growing area where drug traffickers operate. The military command did not say whether the soldiers were injured or if there were casualties among the members of the Shining Path movement. According to Peruvian authorities, the Army patrols roamed the areas where Shining Path bases were operating in alliance with drug gangs. The military Joint Command attributed the attack to retaliation for the capture of a member of this group on Aug. 11, by soldiers in the same area. In May, a soldier was killed during a terrorist act against a military base in Junín Department, and earlier, on April 27, three soldiers died in a clash in the Cusco Region (southeast). The Shining Path, which dismembered around the mid-1990’s, unleashed an internal war between 1980 and 2000, leaving 69,000 people dead or missing, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. According to authorities, its top leaders are imprisoned and carrying out long sentences, but a remainder of at least 200 men is still in existence.