Peru's Congress convened a hearing to address the recent assassinations in the Vraem region attributed by the government to the Shining Path guerrilla.
Peru Ratifies Forced Sterilizations Case Against Fujimori
On Monday, Armed Forces Joint Command officials initially reported the killing of 18 people in the Vizcatan district in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene, and Mantaro rivers (VRAEM).
Defense Minister Nuria Esparch attributed the massacre to Shining Path militias commanded by Quispe Palomino in areas where drug trafficking networks operate.
The Justice and Human Rights Commission summoned Esparch, the Interior, Justice, and the Attorney General ministers to clarify the event and define actions to hold the responsible accountable.
The attack resulted in the deaths of at least ten men, six women, and two children in a bar area, where pamphlets encouraging Peruvians to abstain from voting in the upcoming June 6 runoff elections were found.
Condemning the massacre, the Ombudsman's Office called for attention to the surviving victims, especially children and relatives of the murdered persons.
"I strongly repudiate the Vraem's massacre. I have ordered the deployment of Armed Forces and Police patrols in the area so that this terrorist act does not go unpunished," President Francisco Sagasti tweeted.