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Luis Astuquilca, Missing Peru Police Officer, Found Alive

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Policemen guard alleged 'maras' members after recovering a neighborhood which was under gangs control in Tegucigalpa on April 25, 2012. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

LIMA, Peru — Peruvian authorities say a police officer has been found alive nearly three weeks after disappearing in an ambush by Shining Path rebels.

Military spokesman Col. Alejandro Lujan says locals led police to Luis Astuquilca near the southeastern jungle town of Kiteni after a $3,700 bounty was offered. He says the officer is being treated for gunshot wounds in a leg and arm.

Astuquilca and another officer went missing April 12 during combat that killed four of their comrades. Their patrol had been searching for 36 kidnapped construction workers who the Shining Path later freed. His colleague remains missing.

The Shining Path is a small remnant of the rebel movement that nearly brought Peru to its knees two decades ago, but Peru's military has been hard-pressed to neutralize it.

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