DW: Paraguay guerillas wipe out army patrol, days ahead of Colombia ceasefire
Members of an obscure rebel group have killed eight soldiers in Paraguay just days after leftist guerrillas and Colombia reached an historic peace deal. The government has vowed to stamp out 'terrorists.'
The little-known Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) attacked a military patrol and stole weapons in a brazen assault that left eight soldiers dead, Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas has announced.
The attack was carried out against troops near Horqueta, about 420 kilometers (291 miles) north of the capital Asuncion.
"At about 9 a.m. (Saturday) a routine patrol was the object of an attack on a country road in the Arroyito district ... the attackers detonated explosives as the truck passed and then carried out a cowardly armed attack on the wounded soldiers," the ministry said in a statement.
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