Venezuela’s government has accused Colombia of a ‘terrorist’ sea invasion as the diplomatic tension between the two nations continues to grow.
Interior Minister Nestor Reverol claimed the “terrorist mercenaries” attempted to enter La Guaira, landing in Macuto just north of the capital Caracas, in the early hours on Sunday on speedboats.
“They tried to carry out an invasion by sea, a group of terrorist mercenaries from Colombia, in order to commit terrorist acts in the country, murdering leaders of the revolutionary government,” he said, according to the BBC.
Leader of the ruling Socialist Party Diosdado Cabello said eight people were killed in the stunt and two others were detained, and the country’s Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino said the speedboat had sunk.
Colombia reportedly responded to the accusation, refuting the allegations as unfounded and that the ‘invasion’ was staged.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro ended the diplomatic relationship with their South American neighbour last year and has been suspicious of US interference.
Juan Guaidó is widely recognised as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, including by the US. He released a statement about the reported ‘invasion’.
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