"They seem armored like the Green Goblin from Spider Man."

Jet Set

Picture this: somebody has attacked an isolated indigenous village in rural Peru and tried to kidnap a 15-year-old girl. Locals claim it was aliens, as in little green men. But government officials investigating the strange incident say it's actually... drum roll... illegal miners on jetpacks.

It sounds like a game of Mad Libs gone awry, but this is an actual saga that's been unfolding since July in the Amazon in Northern Peru, according to Spanish-language news outfit RPP Noticias

Members of the Ikitu, an indigenous tribe, claim they've been beset by strange, levitating figures that are more than six feet in height and appear to easily deflect their weapons.

"These gentlemen are aliens," local leader Jairo Reátegui Ávila told the outlet. "They seem armored like the Green Goblin from Spider-Man. I have shot him twice and he does not fall, but rises and disappears. We are frightened by what is happening in the community,"

After the locals called for police protection, law enforcement investigators descended on the isolated area and concluded in Early August that it was in fact illegal miners using "high-tech equipment" — jet packs, which they say were intended to intimidate the locals — according to a followup report from RPP Noticias.

Really Though

The reality is that jetpacks are wildly loud, expensive, and impractical — oh, and they're incredible fuel hogs as well. We've never heard of them being used in legal mining operations, nevermind an illegal one.

And yet eyewitnesses insist they saw something. The jetpack story becomes more plausible when you read the eyewitness accounts of a teacher who saw the "aliens" try to kidnap a teenager on July 29.

"They would be using state-of-the-art technology, such as the thrusters that allow people to fly," local teacher Cristian Caleb Pacaya told RPP Noticias. "In this case too, according to Google, they are called 'jetpacks' (jetpacks). We have investigated that these gentlemen would be using this suit to reach those places."

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