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Clashes between Venezuelan Police, Gangs Leave 26 Dead - Tasnim News Agency

Clashes between Venezuelan Police, Gangs

(Tasnim) – At least 26 people died in nearly two days of clashes between Venezuelan security forces and gangs that control poor neighborhoods of Caracas, the government said Saturday.

The toll is 22 suspected gang members and four police officers dead, Interior Minister Carmen Melendez said, AFP reported.

She said an unspecified number of non-combatants died and 28 people were wounded, 18 of them bystanders.

The firefights broke out Wednesday evening, forcing people to flee from their homes.

The clashes saw the use of high power rifles, tracer bullets, grenades and drones with which the gangsters got an aerial view of the security forces.

As many as 2,500 officers were deployed to take one barrio, or slum, called Cota 905. Authorities offered a rewards of $500,000 for the gang boss that runs it.

Police seized 24,000 rounds of ammunition, three rocket launchers, five rifles, four submachine guns and several handguns.

"We confiscated a military arsenal for war," said Melendez.

In June, similar clashes killed at least three people including a nurse who fell victim to a stray bullet.


 Tras más de 48 horas en combate entre fuerzas oficiales y bandas criminales del sector denominado como Cota 905 en Caracas (Venezuela), el presidente Nicolás Maduro confirmó el sábado 10 de julio que el operativo dejó 26 muertos, entre ellos, 22 presuntos delincuentes y 4 agentes de seguridad.

 Mientras tanto, la ministra del interior Carmen Meléndez afirmó que habían incautado un arsenal militar, de los cuales hay más de 20.000 cartuchos de diferente calibre y un lanzacohetes.

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