Captives set free
THE Peruvian army says it has rescued 39 people from a farm where the Shining Path rebel group kept them as slaves. Some of the captives said they had been kidnapped some 30 years ago. The defence ministry said 26 of them were children, some of whom were born in captivity. The victims said they were also forced to work in fields. About 120 Peruvian soldiers took part in the operation. The military says soldiers were led to the farm by a former captive, who lived there for many years and escaped about a month ago. “We’ve been here, like this, for 30 years,” a rescued woman told La Republica newspaper.