Paraguay military calls for guerrillas to surrender
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Paraguay military calls for guerrillas to surrender

Paraguay’s military is asking a guerrilla group that operates in the country’s north to surrender.

Lt. Col. Victor Urdapilleta is the spokesman for a joint group of military, police and anti-drug officers fighting against the left-wing Paraguayan People’s Army. He said Monday the rebels will be guaranteed a fair trial if they surrender.

The rebels have not responded to the official request.

The guerrilla group’s victims include 22 civilians, 13 police officers and three members of the military since 2008.

They also have been holding hostage 16-year-old Arlan Fick since April 2. They have refused to release him even after receiving a $500,000 ransom.

Associated Press