SEIB: PERU: UPSWING IN GUERRILLA ACTIVITY

Created: 6/2/1999

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Sendero Luminoso (SL)Inactive during the first Jew months of thisrecent weeks have raised their profile by launching several small attacks. The rebels last Friday killed one policeman and three civilians during an assaultural bankeek earlier shot and beheaded four memberseasant militia, according to press reports.

Authorities suspect the group was

responsible for the ambushing onpriloliceone officer dead and two wounded.

The rebels' switch to more aggressive tactics could be an attempt to convince the public that theyorce to be reckoned with and to embarrass President Fujimori as he prepares to runhird term next year. The guerrillas may be counting on security forces to overreact, wliich could alienate the population and help swell their thin ranks.

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