Peru army says 5 killed in clash with guerrillas

Peru's military says five of its soldiers have been killed in a clash with resurgent Shining Path rebels.

The joint command says four sergeants and a corporal died in early Thursday's confrontation in the Junin region about (175 miles) 290 kilometers east of Lima, the capital. Five other soldiers were wounded.

Officials did not describe any rebel casualties.

Remnants of the Maoist rebel movement allied with drug traffickers in Peru's coca-growing heartland have become more active in recent years. More than 80 soldiers have been killed since 2008, the vast majority in ambushes.

The original Shining Path largely disappeared after police caught its messianic founding leader Abimael Guzman in 1992.