Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged three leaders of the Peruvian-based Shining Path terrorist group with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization, narco-terrorism and weapons violations, NBC 4 New York has learned.
The four-count indictment describes Shining Path as an international terrorist group committed to the violent overthrow of the government of Peru.
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Prosecutors say the three men provided Shining Path with weapons, narcotics proceeds, personnel and other resources.
One of the men has been in Peruvian custody since 2012. The other two are fugitives, law enforcement sources say.
Court papers say Shining Path is an outgrowth of the Peruvian Communist Party that became a guerrilla army engaged in bombings, massacres and other acts of violence within Peru in 1980. The group funds its terrorist activities partly with the proceeds from the cocaine trade.
The U.S. Department of State designated Shining Path as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997.