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Venezuela launches manhunt after rebels strike army base

Aug 07, 2017, 6:37 AM EDT
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro vowed to hunt down the "terrorists" on the run.
(Source: Diariocritico de Venezuela/flickr)

Venezuela has launched an operation to hunt down a group of rebels, who on Sunday, carried out a deadly attack at an army base in the north-western city of Valencia and managed to escape with weapons.

The strike was conducted by 20 men in uniform, two of which were killed, one injured, seven arrested while 10 are on the run. President Nicolas Maduro hailed the army’s quick response to the assault as reassured the countrymen that the “terrorist” would soon be nabbed, writes the BBC.

The attackers released a video on social media before the assault calling on military and civilians to take up arms to restore order in Venezuela as the president proceeds to rewrite the country’s constitution through a newly formed Constituent Assembly.

Amid a fledgling economy and mounting international and domestic pressure for a leadership change in the country, analysts remain skeptical if Maduro would continue to enjoy military’s loyalty and backing for long, notes The Guardian.