Leader and founder of Peruvian Shining Path rebel group dies in prison

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This record  representation  shows Abimael Guzman astatine  the opening  of his proceedings  successful  November 2004.

(CNN)Abimael Guzman, the laminitis of the Peruvian rebel radical Shining Path, known arsenic 'Sendero Luminoso' successful Spanish, died successful situation connected Saturday, according to the country's National Penitentiary Institute. He was 86.

A Maoist rebel group, Shining Path was progressive successful the 1980s and 1990s, spreading panic successful the state done a bombing run that targeted buildings and infrastructure specified arsenic energy towers.

Its prominence began to slice aft Guzman, known arsenic Camarada Gonzalo, was captured and sentenced to beingness successful situation successful 1992.

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    "At astir 6:40 successful the greeting successful the maximum-security detention halfway of the El Callao Naval Base, inmate Abimael Guzman Reynoso died owed to complications with his health," the Penitentiary Institute said successful a little statement.

      El Callao Naval Base is astir 15 kilometers eastbound of Peru's capital, Lima.

      Under Guzman's leadership, the radical declared warfare connected the Peruvian authorities successful 1980, carrying retired bombings and assassination operations, which by authoritative accounts killed much than 30,000 Peruvians during the adjacent 20 years.

      Another 30,000 Peruvians died astatine the hands of the authorities and paramilitary groups successful the combat against the group, a authorities committee said successful 2003.

      The radical besides conducted a fig of devastating attacks successful Lima. It blew up electrical transmission towers, causing citywide blackouts, bombed factories, and acceptable disconnected explosives adjacent authorities offices and wrong the ruling party's governmental headquarters.

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      Its 1992 onslaught connected Tarata, a residential thoroughfare successful Lima, killed astatine slightest 25 radical and was the group's deadliest assault.

        In the countryside of cardinal and confederate Peru wherever the rebels were strongest, the Shining Path waged an assassination run against authorities officials, the heads of state-owned farming collectives, concern owners and adjacent peasants who opposed the guerrillas. Political rivals, including different Marxists oregon leftists, were besides targeted by the group.

        Peruvian authorities said successful May this twelvemonth that members of the radical were liable for killing 16 radical in a portion southeast of the capital. The onslaught happened earlier June's statesmanlike elections, which were won by Pedro Castillo.

        CNN's Hannah Ryan contributed to this article.

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