The defence ministry made the announcement two days after it reported fierce combating with ‘irregular Colombian armed teams’.
Eight Venezuelan troopers have been killed in clashes with armed teams working on the Colombian border, doubling the toll since an offensive in opposition to the combatants began in March, the defence ministry in Caracas stated.
The ministry introduced the names of the troopers with out offering additional particulars, two days after it reported fierce combating with “irregular Colombian armed teams” that resulted in a “important quantity” of casualties.
Minister of Protection Vladimir Padrino Lopez took to public tv to increase the federal government’s condolences to the households of the troopers he stated have been “fulfilling the oath to defend the homeland to their final breath”.
Venezuela’s armed forces have engaged in clashes with Colombian armed teams within the western border state of Apure since March 21, displacing 1000’s of civilians who fled to Colombia.
The operation has to this point resulted in a number of arrests and the seizure of weapons, explosives and medicines, in accordance with Caracas.
Venezuela doesn’t title the armed teams it blames for the unrest, aside from calling them “terrorists” or linking them to drug trafficking or to Colombian President Ivan Duque.
Nevertheless, safety sources in Colombia say they’re seemingly dissidents of the now-disbanded Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgent group, an evaluation Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has conceded was attainable.
FARC signed a historic peace settlement with Bogota in 2016 to finish half a century of armed battle.
However some fighters refused to hitch the peace course of and have continued their battle, whereas additionally mixing with and battling drug traffickers in lawless areas of Colombia.
Diplomatic relations between the Latin American neighbours have been nonexistent since Colombia joined the US and different nations in recognising opposition chief Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president in 2019.
Bogota has lengthy accused Venezuela of defending members of FARC and armed insurgent group ELN on its soil, a cost Maduro denies.
Maduro earlier this month stated Venezuela would request “rapid assist” from the United Nations to clear anti-personnel mines he claimed the armed teams had planted on Venezuelan territory.