2 killed in attack on Venezuela base: Maduro

2 killed in attack on Venezuela base: Maduro

One person has died and one person has been badly injured.

Military helicopters could be seen flying over the major northwestern city as tactical armored vehicles patrolled the streets in a climate of tension. The Maduro government later identified a former official as the ringleader in Sundays attack, but didnt identify him by name and Caguaripano was not among the attackers killed or captured.

"These attacks, planned by delirious minds in Miami, only strengthen the morale of our armed forces and the Bolivarian people", said Socialist Party official Elias Jaua.
Venezuela is now in an unprecedented social and political crisis that foretells the country is doomed to collapse. "This is a civic and military action to re-establish constitutional order".

He said troops had been deployed in its wake "to ensure domestic security" and there was "absolute normality in the other military units in the country".

On Saturday, Mr Maduro's new "constituent assembly" removed the chief prosecutor from her post and ordered her to stand trial, confirming opposition fears that it would use its powers to root out critics of the government. He has singled out opposition legislator and former student leader Freddy Guevara as among the first he would have arrested.

But neither that nor condemnations and disapprovals are effective in a country where, while Venezuelans have been dying on street protests every day since February, their leader says the struggle is between the ninety-nine percent against the one percent.

The reported unrest occurred as a new assembly with supreme powers and loyal to Maduro started functioning in Venezuela, a week after it was elected in polls marred by violence and allegations of vote-tampering.

On Sunday it announced - then suspended - the creation of a "truth commission" sought by Maduro to probe alleged crimes by the opposition. Four years ago, President Nicolas Maduro (communist-leader Hugo Chávez's successor) became a despot dictator who turned his back on Venezuelans.

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The United States, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru have slammed the "illegal" sacking of Ortega.

In 2006, the United States prohibited the sale or transfer of military arms or technology to Venezuela, whose then-president, Hugo Chavez, had closely allied the country with Russian Federation and China.

"The Constituent is getting prepared for its installation [on Friday]". A military intervention may not be the best solution to pacify Venezuela, but a non-intervention isn't either.

The opposition has repeatedly urged the military to abandon Maduro.

Seven men were detained in Sunday's attack on the base in the central city of Valencia.

The head of the armed forces, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, tweeted: "They couldn't do anything against the FANB. they try to assault it with terrorist attacks. They can't", he said.

Calling the group the 41st Brigade, he announces a rebellion and demands the "immediate formation of a transitional government and free elections".

It was not known if he was the lieutenant referred to in the military statement.

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