LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peru's armed forces chief says an explosion apparently triggered by bullets and an ensuing fire killed the two Shining Path rebels believed to be the top two military leaders of the cocaine-funded insurgency.
Adm. Jose Cueto told The Associated Press that navy special forces commandos accompanied by police ambushed the rebels Sunday night at a house where they kept explosives in a hamlet in the Apurimac and Ene river valley.
Cueto said Tuesday that the rebels had only posted five or six sentries.
DNA tests were still being done but Cueto said officials are nearly certain they killed military chief "Comrade Alipio" and "Comrade Gabriel."
Gabriel is the youngest of three brothers in command of an estimated 500-strong remnant of rebels who terrorized Peru in the 1980s and 1990s