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Venezuela denounces arrests of two soldiers in Colombia

Venezuela denounces arrests of two soldiers in Colombia

Caracas, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) of Venezuela on Tuesday denounced the arrests of two members of the military force in the town of Cucuta in the Colombian border department of Norte de Santander.

In a statement, the FANB Strategic Operational Command (Ceofanb) identified the detained Venezuelan military officers as Wilter Alexis Gonzalez and Gabriel Antonio Veloz, who belong to a a command of the Bolivarian National Guard in the state of Tachira.

The military high command indicated that at the time of their arrests by the Colombian National Police, both soldiers were on leave and off duty. They are charged with weapons and ammunition crimes.

In this sense, the Ceofanb pointed out that a few 9- and 5.56-millimeter rounds allegedly seized from the Venezuelan troops are not part of the equipment issued to the Bolivarian National Guard, ‘which makes the version of Colombian authorities far-fetched’.

Likewise, the armed institution warned about the intentions to incriminate the soldiers to create unnecessary tension between the two countries.


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