Incident Summary:

03/17/2017: Four assailants abducted a Mennonite settler, Gerardo Wall Rempel, from his farm in Rio Verde, Santa Rosa del Aguaray district, San Pedro, Paraguay. The victim was released unharmed the following day, March 18, 2017. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected the involvement of the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP).




South America

region/u.s. state:

San Pedro

Rio Verde

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Santa Rosa del Aguaray district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Mennonite Settler: Gerardo Wall Rempel
Nationality of Target Paraguay
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Victim of abduction preferred to be hospitalized than to return to his house,", March 20, 2017.
"Colon was kidnapped by four armed men,", March 17, 2017.
"Report reveals disappearance of Mennonite in colony Rio Verde,", March 17, 2017.