US donation to help Paraguay fight guerrillas

AP News
Posted: Dec 07, 2011 1:22 PM
US donation to help Paraguay fight guerrillas

The U.S. government is giving Paraguay more than $1 million in equipment and training to help it combat a small guerrilla band in the north of the country.

A U.S. Embassy news release on Wednesday says the donation includes vehicles, communications gear and improvements to police facilities in the jungle region where the Paraguayan People's Army operates.

The leftist guerrilla group began to operate in 1999. It focused at first on bank robberies and ransom kidnappings, and later attacked small police and military posts, making off with weapons. It resurfaced in 2008 and 2009, kidnapping two ranchers and receiving a total of $645,000 in ransom.