Paraguayan rebels release kidnapped man

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Asuncion - Paraguayan authorities say a Mennonite man walked 20km to reach his home in the Rio Verde Colony after being released by a small rebel group that had kidnapped him in July.

Franz Wiebe was kidnapped by the Paraguayan People's Army while he was harvesting maize at a farm about 340km north of Asuncion. At the time, his father said the rebels had set a 15-day deadline to pay a $700 000 ransom but the family didn't have the money.

A spokesperson for Paraguay's anti-terror force, Victor Urdapilleta, said that the 18-year-old "was received by his parents and neighbours" in the Mennonite colony "apparently, at first glance, in good shape."

After his July kidnapping, the rebels acknowledged that Wiebe was not their target. They had planned to kidnap the son of the owner of the farm where he worked.

They then demanded that colony leaders distribute $100 000 of food to poor indigenous and farm communities in exchange for his release.

Authorities said that demand was met.

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