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Village reburies massacre victims

August 30, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Victims of the worst military massacre during Peru's war with Maoist rebels were laid to rest, a quarter-century after the slaughter in Putis, a remote Andean village.

The burials culminated a two-day funeral procession through the southeastern state of Ayacucho, the epicenter of Peru's bloody fight with Shining Path guerrillas from 1980 to 2000.

Dozens of families in traditional dress and carrying flowers walked 30 miles with 92 white coffins, many containing only partial remains.

The bodies were recovered from a mass grave last year.

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