Au­thor­i­ties says 11 killed in clash with Venezue­lan sol­diers

The Myanmar Times - - World -

VENEZUE­LAN au­thor­i­ties say gun­men as­saulted an army pa­trol in an eastern area where il­le­gal min­ing has be­come in­creas­ingly com­mon, and 11 of the at­tack­ers were killed and one sol­dier was wounded in the gun­bat­tle.

Of­fi­cials said Tues­day that the sol­diers were pa­trolling in a re­mote part of Bo­li­var prov­ince when they were am­bushed Sun­day.

Law­maker Americo de Grazia says the op­po­si­tion-con­trolled Na­tional As­sem­bly is open­ing an in­quiry. He says the men killed in­cluded il­le­gal mine work­ers.

Seven­teen min­ers were killed by a para­mil­i­tary group last year at a mine near the site of Sun­day’s clash. – AP

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