Mindanao Times

Venezuelan soldier killed in attack

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A VENEZUELAN soldier was killed on Sunday during an attack on a military unit in the south of the country, the government said, blaming it on Brazil- and Peru-backed political foes.

“Early today, a military unit was attacked in the south of the country by extremist opposition factions, with a large number of weapons stolen,” the defense minister, General Vladimir Padrino, wrote on Twitter.

“It was in this terrorist attack that an army officer was killed.”

Local media reported that the attack took place in Gran Sabana, one of the main tourist areas in the country, in the southern state of Bolivar that borders Brazil.

The El Pitazo website said the attackers overtook the military detachment and a police station, taking more than 100 rifles.

Authoritie­s have yet to confirm those reports.

Padrino added that several military and police units in the area pursued the perpetrato­rs after the attack and managed to recover an unspecifie­d number of rifles.

Communicat­ions Minister

Jorge Rodriguez said the assailants had been “trained in fully identified paramilita­ry camps in Colombia.”

They had also “received harmful cooperatio­n from the government of (Brazil’s right-wing President) Jair Bolsonaro,” he charged.

Six people were arrested, Rodriguez said.

According to Padrino, the six captured provided “informatio­n of criminalis­tic interest” and state security agencies were pursuing their accomplice­s.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza added that those involved are based in Peru and called the Peruvian authoritie­s “accomplice­s” for allowing the organizati­on to operate “with impunity.”

“It is a coup strategy of triangulat­ed government­s of the Lima cartel to produce violence, death and political destabiliz­ation in Venezuela,” he tweeted.

On December 14, Venezuela’s socialist government accused two lawmakers of plotting a coup attempt against Maduro, with the alleged involvemen­t of the opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized as interim president by some fifty countries.

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