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Three National Guards Shot during Protest in Venezuela’s Capital

CARACAS – Three Bolivarian National Guard members were shot during a protest in eastern Caracas, municipal officials and prosecutors said.

The three officers were shot on Monday in Petare, a suburb of Caracas, officials said.

Prosecutors will investigate “the incident in which three Bolivarian National Guard sergeants were shot with firearms ... on the fringes of a demonstration,” the Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.

Sucre Mayor Carlos Ocariz, whose office oversees Petare, said in a Twitter post that the guardsmen were wounded and transported to Domingo Luciani Hospital.

Two of the officers were “wounded in the right foot” and the third was “shot in the abdomen, requiring that he undergo surgery,” the AG’s office said.

Ocariz, an opposition member, said in another social media post that “residents of the Miranda subdivision reported a clash between the National Guard and community following repression by guardsmen before the protest.”

The nearly 3-month-old wave of protests in Venezuela, according to AG’s office figures, has left at least 75 people dead and more than 1,000 others injured.

 

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