Incident Summary:

02/12/2020: Assailants raided the house of Lourenco Veras in Pedro Juan Caballero, Amambay, Paraguay. Veras, a Brazilian journalist and owner of Pora News, was killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Pedro Juan Caballero

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Pora News
Specific Description Residence of Journalist: Lourenco Veras
Nationality of Target Brazil
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A 9-mm pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been related to the victim's reporting on organized crime and drug trafficking.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Director-General condemns killing of journalist Lourenço Veras in Paraguay," UNESCO, February 27, 2020.