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Venezuela: Two soldiers killed by land mine near Colombia border

The explosion additionally left 9 members of Venezuela’s army injured, the defence ministry says.

Venezuela on Thursday mentioned two of its soldiers have been killed by a land mine throughout operations to confront armed teams alongside the Colombian border which have compelled the displacement of hundreds of civilians.

The news follows a March 22 announcement by the federal government of President Nicolas Maduro that two soldiers have been killed in clashes with “irregular armed groups” within the southwestern Apure state.

The explosion “left nine members of the military injured, who are now receiving medical attention in military health network,” the defence ministry mentioned in an announcement posted on Twitter Thursday morning.

The ministry added that in the course of the operations, troops have dismantled 9 camps, together with one which produced coca paste, which is used to make cocaine. It added that it has arrested 31 individuals and that 9 alleged fighters had died.

Venezuela’s union of press employees mentioned two journalists and two rights activists had been detained whereas working within the space and have been taken to a army base in Apure.

The info ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the detentions.

Venezuela’s armed forces launched an operation final week, with its Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez saying the nation would defend itself from irregular teams, whereas respecting human rights.

Refugees fleeing the world final week informed Reuters that safety forces burned properties and killed civilians. Venezuela mentioned it was investigating accusations that members of its army dedicated abuses.

Dissidents of the demobilised Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who reject a 2016 peace take care of the Colombian authorities, are the targets of the army operations, fleeing civilians informed Reuters.

Colombian President Ivan Duque has accused the federal government of Venezuela of sheltering FARC dissidents and members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), a declare Caracas denies.

Rights teams from the 2 nations on Wednesday referred to as on the United Nations to nominate a particular envoy to deal with the humanitarian disaster within the border space, which has been for years a centre of drug trafficking and smuggling.

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