The new head of the Armed Forces was one of the Chavín de Huántar commandos

The new head of the Armed Forces was one of the Chavín de Huántar commandos

EP General Leonel Cabrera was also President Humala's boss when he was in charge of the Madre Mía base. Today he said that his priority will be to fight terrorism

The new head of the Armed Forces was one of the Chavín de Huántar commandos

The new chief of the Armed Forces was one of the Chavín de Huántar commando

The general EP Leonel Cabrera, who this morning assumed the leadership of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, replacing Admiral José Cueto, had been serving as general commander of the Southern Military Region.

He is an officer with experience in the fight against terrorism, since he was in charge of the Vraem Special Command (Cevraem) and the Joint Intelligence and Special Operations Command (CIOEC).

he was also one of the Chavín de Huántar commandos who, in 1997, managed to rescue 72 hostages kidnapped by the MRTA at the residence of the Japanese ambassador. He led the Alpha group, which operated on the first floor of the house.

Cabrera was also the former immediate superior of Ollanta Humala in the Huallaga Front, in 1992, when he was in charge of the Madre Mía Countersubversive Base. Cabrera belongs to the class of retired colonel and former presidential adviser, Adrián Villafuerte, who resigned after the López Meneses scandal.

In his first speech at the head of the Armed Forces. he said he is aware of the responsibilities and challenges that this work will demand. I will dedicate all my energies and all my efforts to this, he said.

In addition to praising Cueto's management, he stressed that one of the priorities of his office will be to continue joint operations in the VRAEM with the National Police , in order to capture the terrorist leaders and dismantle the Shining Path columns that still commit crimes in the country.