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Peruvian Police Seize Arms Cache Destined for Colombian Rebels


Peruvian authorities say they have seized five anti-aircraft rockets and thousands of rounds of ammunition for assault-rifles that were headed to Colombia's largest rebel group.

Interior Minister Pilar Mazzetti said Tuesday the leader of the arms trafficking operation, a Peruvian woman named Luz Sonia Gonzales, was arrested in the raid Friday in the capital, Lima. Several others, including a policeman, also were detained.

Over the past year, police have seized some 47,000 bullets from the same group.

Mazzetti said the arms were all going to be sold to guerrillas loyal to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The rebel group has been at war with neighboring Colombia's government for more than four decades, in a conflict that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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