More than 60 people were killed in a six-hour battle between security forces and leftist rebels who attacked a police station in the "Cocaine Cradle" of the Peruvian Amazon, officials said.

About 300 Maoist guerrillas of the "Shining Path" movement attacked the police headquarters in the town of Uchiza, 260 miles north of Lima in Peru's Amazon jungle region where most of the world's cocaine is produced, officials said Wednesday.The attackers arrived in seven vehicles and surrounded the headquarters just as officers inside were sitting down for dinner, an Interior Ministry official said. The rebels carried machine guns, hand grenades and mortars given to them by local drug lords, he said.