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Latino Daily News

Tuesday November 5, 2013

14 Cops Tied to Attacks on Federal Property in Venezuela

A court in the northeastern Venezuelan city of Maturin on Tuesday ordered 14 Monagas state police held without bail on charges of attacking federal government buildings.

The arrested officers - 11 men and three women - attacked the regional facilities of the Attorney General’s Office and the interior ministry, prosecutors said.

The incident occurred last Friday during the funeral of a state police officer allegedly murdered over his personal links to federal officials.

The attack in Maturin came a week after the headquarters of the investigative police in the neighboring city of Carupano was attacked by a group of people who tried to lynch an inspector and two detectives for their alleged responsibility in the deaths of four fishermen.

Crime is one of the main concerns in Venezuela, a country that has one of the highest homicide rates in South America.

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