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Brazil Bandits Steal $40 Million From a Vault in Paraguay
Thieves in Paraguay killed one police officer, injured another and left three civilians wounded in a brazen overnight raid on a cash-storage facility involving hand grenades, military assault rifles and explosives.

According to media reports, the assault was carried out with a wide array of weapons, including AK 47s, C4 explosives, infrared weapons, snipers and even anti-aircraft guns and a helicopter.

Thieves in Paraguay killed one police officer, injured another and left three civilians wounded in a brazen overnight raid on a cash-storage facility involving hand grenades, military assault rifles and explosives.

Dozens of heavily-armed assailants attacked a Prosegur SA depot in Ciudad del Este, near the border with Brazil and Argentina. The gang set fire to numerous vehicles during the assault in the early hours of Monday morning, blocking roads around the facility. There are no official estimates as to the amount stolen in the robbery. Local media put the figure at $40 million.

Ciudad del Este has gained notoriety for trade in illicit and counterfeit items, rampant crime, and the presence of international criminal groups. Paraguay’s interior ministry believe the robbery was carried out by a Brazilian criminal organization, according to spokesman Vladimir Jara. No one thought to be directly involved in the heist has so far been detained.

In a statement, Prosegur offered condolences for the death of the police officer and expressed support for the work of the law enforcement agencies in the city. It also noted its concern over the “organization, capacity and war-like equipment used by organized crime in this act.”

Argentina has strengthened security at its nearby border, is helping Paraguay trace the origin of the weapons and has offered its neighbor assistance, Security Minister Patricia Bullrich said.

Paraguay has been one of the Latin America’s fastest growing economies in the past five years, outpacing larger nations like Brazil and Argentina that both slipped into recession. The luster of Paraguay’s success has recently been tarnished by protesters who set fire to part of Congress on March 31 after ruling party senators approved a measure to allow presidents to be re-elected. After the violence and protests from opposition lawmakers, President Horacio Cartes has promised not to seek another term in 2018 even if the measure is approved by the lower house.

"El Eterno Viajero" por Cristina Pacheco

Siempre me han gustado las cartas. Esas largas conversaciones sin respuesta auditiva, esa honestidad tan pura en el escrito. Tengo una caja horrenda donde conservo todas las mías; de ex novios, de amigas, de mis padres….esa caja de plástico tan insípida está plagada de mis registros; y cada vez que decido abrirla sé que estoy llevando a cabo el ritual de la nostalgia.

He tenido la fortuna de que en más de una ocasión, una carta ha logrado conmoverme hasta las lágrimas. Comienzo a leer con una voz que no las mía y se la meto a las palabras escritas para mí. También me pregunto dónde terminan las cartas que yo he dado, esas finas confesiones de papel que con tanto amor o resentimiento he llegado a repartir. Imagino que más de una perdió vida hace muchísimo, imagino que otras están guardadas en cajones prohibidos y tal vez una que otra pequeña nota se utiliza en modalidad separador.

Obligada por las circunstancias, hoy me encontré con una carta cuyo receptor no podrá leer. Me alegra, sin embargo, que la mujer quien tan íntimamente escribió esto a su esposo, haya decidió compartir esto con quien quisiera leerla. Esta carta la leí con mi propia voz, como si yo se la hubiera escrito a alguien que amo pero no conozco; me sacó un temblorín en la boca y un nudo en la garganta

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