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Police in Peru said Maoist guerrillas have extended their virtual siege of a city of 45,000 people in the Andes to three nearby villages. The Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebels, who had blocked roads into the city of Azangaro, have cut off access to the villages of Pucara, Santiago de Pupuja and Arapa, police in the nearby city of Puno said. The rebels have demanded that all shopkeepers in Azangaro stop work and threaten to invade and occupy the city in March. Mayor Marcelino Pachari Rosello said that families are fleeing Azangaro, and police warned travelers to stay away.

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