Senior Venezuelan military commanders confirmed that Colombian irregular groups planted antipersonnel mines to impose terror and violence on population of La Victoria, Apure state.
A military report indicates during the Bolivarian Shield military operation carried out by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) since March 21, the illegal use of explosive devices was detected in that border area with the neighboring country, the scene of clashes between the Bolivarian forces and paramilitaries.
During the operations in recent days, 16 explosive devices were deactivated in surrounding areas, while detonation of others caused casualties among Venezuelan military, according to official information. The balance, so far, is eight Venezuelan soldiers killed and 34 wounded, in addition to nine irregular killed and more than 33 arrested.
Since the use of these devices was suspected, the Venezuelan authorities made the complaint to public opinion, the United Nations Organization and press, also assured that the attacks are part of the strategy of the United States and its allies, to Balkanize, fragment and divide the structure of the Bolivarian State.
The Executive requested the UN advice for the FANB in the deactivation of antipersonnel mines, in order to clean up the conflict area.
Venezuela was declared on May 27, 2013, territory free of landmines by complying with the demining obligation of the Convention on the Prohibition of Antipersonnel Mines, or the Ottawa Convention signed by 162 countries.
At that time, the country destroyed 1,073 antipersonnel mines that were found in 13 minefields on the outskirts of six naval posts, according to the reports.