‘Invasion by sea’: Venezuela thwarts ‘mercenary’ infiltration attempt from Colombia

Venezuelan authorities said they have foiled a raid by “foreign mercenaries” trying to reach the Latin American nation by sea to launch terrorist attacks and assassinate government officials, RT reported.

In a televised address on Sunday, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said a group of mercenaries  tried to infiltrate Venezuela’s major port of La Guaira, located just north of the nation’s capital of Caracas. 

The incident, which the minister called “an invasion by sea,” was part of preparations for another coup attempt, he added.

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Video Declaraciones del Ministro @NestorLReverol quien informó que fue frustrada una incursión de terroristas por vía Marítima en Macuto estado La Guaira. En el hecho hay abatidos y capturados.

The militants sought to reach Venezuelan shores on speedboats but were intercepted by the police, National Guard and military counterintelligence units. 

According to the minister, “several” of the mercenaries were killed, while others were captured. He refused to reveal any more details about the operation, but he said it was still ongoing and did not rule out “more arrests.”

Local media reported that at least eight militants were reportedly killed in the operation, while two more were detained. The security forces also seized an arsenal of assault rifles. 

Reverol denounced the “invasion” as another desperate attempt by foreign imperialists to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

 He did not accuse any particular nation of orchestrating the incursion, but said the militants came from Colombia.

The incident comes around a year after a failed military coup attempt led by the Venezuelan opposition headed by Juan Guaido, a lawmaker who declared himself ‘interim president’ months prior and has been actively supported by the US and its allies ever since.

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