Osvaldo Villalba, considered one of the leaders of the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP) guerrillas, died this Sunday in a fight with members of the Joint Task Force (FTC) in the department of Amambe (Northeast). Members of the organization also reportedly lost their lives.
Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez confirmed this in a press conference, pointing out that this fact was recorded after more than a year of intelligence work.
According to the head of state, one of the dead was “one of the leaders” of the EPP, Osvaldo Villaba, whose identity has been confirmed. Automatic fingerprint identification system (Afis) of the police, as per the report given.
A man identified as Luciano Argüello and a third party believed to be part of the group also died.
The first is the leader of this terrorist group, Osvaldo Villalba. “We also believe that the second is Luciano Argello and the third is a member of the Paraguayan People’s Army, and the identity is yet to be confirmed,” Abdo revealed.
“I reiterate my plea to this entire terrorist group. This is not what you think you are fighting for. We call to be. Peace in Paraguay”, the President said at the conference.
In addition, he indicated that the government is ready to provide practical guarantees so that current members of the EPP can surrender to the Paraguayan judiciary.
The President also condoled his death of the tribe According to information provided by security officials, he had earlier clashed with EPP members.
As recounted by ABC Color, the lawyer Lorenzo LezcanoIntervening for the Public Ministry, one of the dead tribals has been identified Alcides RomeroThe head of the community where the conflict took place, and others Rodrigo Gomez.
Apart from the two tribesmen who were killed, a third person was also injured. It was identified as Leonardo Gomez Riquelme42 years, mentioned Trauma Hospital According to the latest report, Asuncion had two gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
This tribal community is located big mountain, Amambe Department where the clash that led to the death of three members of the EPP took place.
Nimeo Cardoso, head of the National Police’s investigative department, assured that Villalba’s death was one of the most important blows dealt to the EPP in recent years.
The Paraguayan People’s Army has been operating for 14 years in the rich cattle ranching region of Concepcion in the center of the country, where its smuggling operations keep people on edge. It’s an expansive area along the Mato Grosso, near the dry border with Brazil, where rich cattle ranches, few paved roads, and drug traffickers are common.
The armed group is an offshoot of the far-left political movement Patria Libre, which was formed in the 1990s during the fall of Alfredo Stroessner’s dictatorship, “to fight the oligarchy and fight for real agrarian reform.”
The rebels declare themselves Marxist-Leninists and claim the effigy of independence hero José Caspar Rodríguez de Francia (1766-1844).