Venezuela's defense minister, Vladimir Padrino López, clarified today that there were three, not four, as local media reported, the military that died after being "attacked" by a paramilitary group in the state of Amazonas (south) where they performed an operation of protection of the border.
"Today our Bolivarian National Armed Forces has been cowardly attacked by these violent groups causing the unfortunate death of three members of the @GNBoficial (National Guard) and a dozen wounded, including two officers," he said in a message on Twitter the minister.
Earlier, local media claimed that there were four soldiers who had died in a confrontation after they were ambushed by "irregular groups".
The minister, who offered information about the incident near midnight, said that the death of the military was a "reprisal" for "the capture of nine Colombian paramilitaries who were seized weapons of war and consequently were ordered by the Public Ministry "
Padrino López promised justice for this event and expressed solidarity to the families of the soldiers.
In another message he said that "Venezuela is the victim of more than 60 years of war in Colombia, a country that has not managed to guarantee peace in its territory."
Some opponents have already pronounced on the event, like the Primero Justicia (PJ) party, in which the two-time presidential candidate Henrique Capriles militates, to reject this fact.
"We want to point out that the operation of these paramilitary and irregular groups in the national territory is clearly with complicity of the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, who not only allows them to enter the territory but also offers them protection," said PJ.