A high-voltage tower that supplies electricity to the operations of the Poderosa mining company was destroyed last night by illegal miners. It happened in the center of the town of Piñuto, in the district and province of Pataz, in the region of La Libertad, the mining company reported in a statement.
The company issued a statement specifying that the attack primarily affected Tower 5 in interconnection room 2190 of the Battery Energy Storage System Project, La Morena. This disrupted the development of the mining company’s operations and put the safety of the workers at risk.
According to La Poderosa’s statement, the brutal act was carried out by “terrorist tactics,” which represents a serious threat.
Last year, the company reported 10 attacks on high-voltage towers by illegal miners. Because of this, he urged the government to continue the fight against illegal mining, adding that it is one of the main threats to the country’s security.
An attack using explosives against the Ponderosa mining company in the district and province of Pataz, in the region of La Libertad, left at least nine workers dead and 15 injured. This happened on Saturday, December 2, last year.
The Ministry sent special police forces to intensify operations in the area, along with PNP personnel from the region.
“Similarly, the transfer of homicide personnel from Dirincri to the area was ordered, to conduct initial investigations for the location and arrest of those responsible for this criminal offense. Likewise, the representative of the Public Ministry, Tayabamba headquarters, together with criminal experts,” the ministry said in a statement.
Aldo Carlos Mariño, mayor of Pataz, described this event as a “terrorist act.” Also, he indicated that there is noticeable “misgovernance” and the absence of central government authorities in this area in the north of the country.
“What happened in the district of Pataz is something very painful and worrying—a terrorist act. It highlights the wrong government. He noted that we do not have a President of the Republic and a Minister of the Interior. “This has collapsed; it is out of control,” said the authority.