Latin America & Caribbean

Peru Dirty War bodies returned to relatives

A procession of coffins with the exhumed bodies of 80 victims of Peru's internal conflict, October 27,2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption Some 70,000 people died in Peru's Dirty War from 1980 to 2000

Families of 80 of Peru's Dirty War victims have received their exhumed bodies at a ceremony in the southern city of Ayacucho.

The bodies were exhumed between 2011 and 2013 by forensic teams in the provinces of Ayacucho and Huancavelica.

More than half of them were the victims of Shining Path rebels, while the others were killed by security forces.

A truth commission found that some 70,000 people died in the conflict which lasted from 1980 to 2000.

Forensic teams identified the remains of 51 victims of Shining Path, and 29 of the security forces.

Most were adult men and women - two of whom were pregnant.

The teams have been exhuming victims of Peru's internal conflict since 2006.

So far they have recovered 2,925 sets of remains and identified 1,689.

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