23 die as Police, Armed gang members’ clash continues in Venezuela.

Written by on July 11, 2021

23 die as Police, Armed gang members’ clash continues in Venezuela.

Venezuelan officials say 23 suspected gang members and four police officers have died in two days of clashes in the capital Caracas.

Interior Minister Carmen Meléndez says an unspecified number of civilians were killed and nearly 40 people injured.

Hundreds of officers have been deployed to search for gang leaders, who have been seeking to expand their territory. One resident said it was “like a war”.

The police have seized weapons, including 24,000 rounds of ammunition.

Images shared on social media showed bullet castings littering the ground in the Cota 905 neighbourhood on Friday.

Some 800 security personnel were deployed to affected areas, where they conducted house-to-house searches.

Ms Meléndez said police had “advanced in the dismantling of the criminal structures that have settled in these territories with the intention of sowing terror”.

She said the officers had freed citizens kidnapped by the gangs, and would remain deployed “as long as necessary”.

Credit: BBC


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