Indigenous tribe hijacks helicopter, takes Peruvian government officials hostage

    by Mitra Taj, Reuters
    Tuesday, 22 March 2016 18:31 GMT

Aerial view of a river in Peru's Amazon region of Loreto, September 29, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

Indigenous people from Mayuriaga in the Peruvian Amazon seized a grounded military helicopter and took at least eight public officials hostage to demand inclusion in the government's emergency response plan.

German Velasquez, the president of state-owned energy company Petroperu, said members of the Wampis community had implored the central government to help after an oil spill polluted its lands.

A rupture in Petroperu's 40-year-old pipeline spilled 1,000 barrels of oil in Mayuriaga on Feb. 3, nine days after a leak in the same duct poured 2,000 barrels near eight other indigenous communities in the same Amazonian region.

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