LIMA, Peru – A mayor in Peru says 14 civilians were wounded by bullets and shotgun pellets when police and soldiers fired on a minibus in an eastern jungle region where leftist Shining Path rebels are active.
Mayor Rosalio Sanchez of Kepashiato says four of those wounded in the incident early Monday were flown by helicopter to nearby Quillabamba while the less seriously injured were evacuated by road.
A military statement says security forces began shooting after the van made strange movements and did not heed an order to stop. It says shots were fired from inside the vehicle, and it puts the number of wounded at eight.
Sanchez says a passenger he spoke to told him no shots were fired from the van. Driver Romulo Almiron tells RPP radio the same.