Incident Summary:

09/09/2020: Assailants abducted Oscar Denis Sanchez, the former Vice President of Paraguay, and one of his employees in Bella Vista Norte, Amambay, Paraguay. Sanchez's employee, Adelio Mendoza, was released on September 14, 2020. The fate of Denis Sanchez is unknown. The Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded the release of imprisoned members and a ransom payment. Sources also noted that the abduction could have been conducted in retaliation for the military operation against the EPP which killed two young Argentinian girls the previous week.




South America

region/u.s. state:


Bella Vista Norte

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Paraguay
Specific Description Former Vice President: Amancio Oscar Denis Sanchez
Nationality of Target Paraguay
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Paraguay
Specific Description Employee of Former Vice President: Adelio Mendoza Benitez
Nationality of Target Paraguay
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 2000000.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes The assailants demanded provisions totaling $2,000,000 USD be distributed to 40 communities and the release of two imprisoned Paraguayan People's Army members for the release of the hostages.
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-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
Additional Information One of the hostages was released on September 14, 2020. The whereabouts of the other victim are unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) Indigenous Brigade for the Prosecution of Ranch Thugs Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Paraguay's former vice president reportedly kidnapped by rebels," dpa-AFX International ProFeed, September 10, 2020.
"Paraguayan EPP guerrillas released former Oscar Denis's employee," CE Noticias Financieras English, September 14, 2020.
"Paraguay president seeks Colombia's 'help' in ex-VP kidnapping case," ABC Color website, September 11, 2020.