The head of state noted that the rescue of hostages was possible thanks to the sacrifice and dedication of Peru's Armed Forces and National Police.
"Now, we will proceed with the second phase of the operation, which is the pursuit and capture of this terrorist faction," he added.
Speaking from Cusco’s Kiteni air base, President Humala asked the ex-hostages to collaborate with all details and information they have so that soldiers fighting in the area return safe and sound because terrorists have planted mines and explosives.
“Today, you have a second chance at life, thanks to the sacrifice of others who lost theirs," he told them.
The Peruvian leader said that there have been some clashes as part of search and rescue operations by the Armed Forces and National Police.
"I want to ask the high commands to continue the efforts to capture these criminals and send to jail, which is where they belong. The Peruvian people feel happy for your release and also saddened by the loss of life," he told the ex-hostages.