New Paraguay police chief to focus on rebels

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 11:41 AM
New Paraguay police chief to focus on rebels

Paraguay's new police commissioner says he'll be focusing on quelling a guerrilla conflict in the north of the South American country.

Pablino Rojas says the struggle against the Paraguayan People's Army is meant to "return the tranquility of the citizenry."

Officials say the rebel group probably has no more than 40 members, but Rojas' comments demonstrate the concern it has caused. The group has attacked soldiers, kidnapped landowners and practiced extortion.

Rojas made the comments as he was sworn into his post on Friday.

Anti-kidnapping prosecutor Sandra Quinonez says the rebels were formed about 10 years ago and are supported by some small villages. She says they have received training from Colombian rebels.