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Peruvian police shoot down plane carrying 70 kilos of cocaine

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Peruvian police took down a drug-smuggling plane by shooting it out of the sky.After firing at each other, authorities shot the plane down in the Valley of Pichis Palcazu.

The officers seized more than 70 kilos of cocaine after a sustained shoot out when the plane crash-landed in the valley of Pichis Palcazu.

A video taken by the enforcement authorities shows the plane smash into the ground and start to burn while the sound of gunfire echoes around the valley.

Dramatic footage of the tense shootout show police shooting at suspected traffickers across a smoking field.

One suspect, thought to be a Columbian drug smuggler, escaped from the scene but the 58-year-old Bolivian pilot was shot and arrested.

It is believed that the smugglers managed to make off with or hide up to 200 kilos of cocaine worth millions of dollars.

Last week Colombia deported Peru’s most-wanted criminal drug lord Gerson Galvez back to his homeland.

He was arrested on Saturday at a Medellin shopping centre and deported to Peru less than 24 hours later because he did not have migration papers.

Peruvian media have dubbed the incident as the ‘new El Chapo’, in reference to Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, Galvez. Galvez is wanted in connection with 101 killings in Peru, where he is also alleged to have managed large shipments of cocaine from the nation’s main seaport in Callao.

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Nirmala Panta’s murder accused held after 24 days

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KANCHANPUR — Police in Kanchanpur have made public an accused arrested in connection with the murder of 13-year-old Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality.

Dilip Singh Bista, 41, of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality was made public at a press conference at the DPO. Bista was arrested on Saturday,according to the District Police Office Spokesperson Deputy Superintendent of Police Gyan Bahadur Sethi.

Nirmala was found dead in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

Bista,who was released from prison last year after serving nine years for murdering his brother-in-law Narayansingh Thapa, works as a daily-wage labourer.

According to Bista’s statement to police, he helped Nirmala fix her bicycle chain before raping and killing her on July 26. He told police that killed her to avoid being arrested again.

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