(CNN) -- Maoist guerrillas in Peru shot down a Peruvian Air Force helicopter, killing two airmen and wounding a third, the nation's defense minister said.
The helicopter was trying to evacuate three soldiers wounded in a rebel ambush Wednesday and was possibly hit by machine-gun fire, Defense Minister Rafael Rey was quoted as saying in the state-run Andina news agency.
The wounded soldiers were not evacuated and another rescue effort will be made Thursday, the RPP national radio network said on its web site.
The attack by the Shining Path guerrillas occurred in the central Peruvian highlands of the Andes Mountains.
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