Paraguay accuses guerrillas of slaying German couple

29th January 2015, Comments 0 comments

Paraguay alleged Thursday that members of a guerrilla group kidnapped and murdered pair of German ranchers living in the country's interior.

The victims, who had lived in Paraguay for 30 years, were found with multiple bullet wounds several kilometers from their ranch, after the military exchanged fire with the rebel Paraguayan People's Army (EPP).

The couple was killed around midnight, 10 hours after their abduction, Interior Minister Francisco De Vargas told a news conference.

Robert Natto, 60, and his wife Erika Reiser Natto, 53, were vaccinating their cows when they were kidnapped.

Vargas said the couple may have been killed after tangling with the guerrillas, trying to flee or as retaliation for the military intervention.

The EPP, which began its revolt in 2007 and is responsible for some 30 deaths, is particularly active in the Conception region, 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of the capital of Asuncion.

Paraguay says the EPP, which has around 50 members, and a splinter organization called the Armed Peasant Group, smuggle drugs and are linked to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

© 2015 AFP

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