MADRID, Jan. 10 (.) –
A police patrol has been attacked this Tuesday morning in the Peruvian city of Juliaca, in Puno, in an incident that has resulted in at least one death who the local authorities preliminarily identify as an agent.
The Ministry of the Interior has explained in a statement that the patrol, made up of two National Police agents, was carrying out surveillance work in an urbanization when a mob of more than 300 people assaulted and set fire to the vehicle and seized the weapons of the uniformed
The Government has evidence of an injured policeman and the disappearance of a second, although near the scene of the events “a charred body was found that, up to now, has not been fully identified.”
The head of the Police Operational Command, Jorge Ángulo, has acknowledged in statements to the RPP radio station that the indications suggest that this body would be that of the missing agent, although the authorities have not yet given an official confirmation pending the autopsy.
The incident came at the end of a particularly violent day, which resulted in at least 17 deaths in Puno in protests against the government of Dina Boluarte. The regional Executive has declared three days of official mourning.
With the last deceased, there are already at least 45 people who have lost their lives since the mobilizations broke out for the dismissal of President Pedro Castillo, who was removed by Congress after trying to arrogate more powers with a view to forming an emergency government.