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Amazon Indians attack Peru village; government moves residents to bigger town

  • About 200 Mashco-Piro Indians attacked the village of Monte Salvador on Friday, December 19, media reports say. This is the third time in 2014 that this indigenous tribe ransacked Monte Salvador in search of food and metal objects. Following this incident, the government moved at least 39 villagers to Puerto Maldonado, a bigger town in south-eastern Peru.

    The armed men have reportedly killed domestic animals. According to anthropologists, appearance of these members of an isolated tribe is a cause of concern since it could be a “serious escalation from previous encounters.”