Terrorism & Insurgency

Kidnappings by EPP guerrillas pose significant threat to agribusiness sector in northern and eastern Paraguay

18 January 2018


On 11 January 2018, authorities in Tacuatí, San Pedro, found the remains of Abraham Fehr, a Mennonite farmer who had been kidnapped by Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) rebels in August 2015; reportedly his family had already paid ransom for his release in 2016.

This is the first time a member of this community has been killed by the leftist insurgents. The army released a statement promising a crackdown on the kidnappers but earlier offensives against the insurgents have failed to dismantle them. In 2017 the EPP also kidnapped two other members of the Mennonite community, Franz Hiebert (in August) and Bernhard Blatz (in September), who remain in captivity together with a police officer.

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