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Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke-smuggling planes
Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke-smuggling planes

An upsurge in illicit air shipments of cocaine to Bolivia has prompted neighboring Peru to consider resuming a policy of shooting down small aircraft suspected of ferrying the drug, authorities say. That policy resulted in the mistaken 2001 shoot-down of a small aircraft, killing an American missionary and her daughter. Peruvian National Police Gen. Vicente Romero said in an interview last week that his government could decide in the next month whether to reinstate the policy of allowing Peruvian warplanes to shoot down small aircraft thought to be carrying Peruvian cocaine or coca paste to Bolivia or other countries. Another high-level government source said Sunday that Peru’s...

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