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Eight Bolivarian militaries have been killed and 34 soldiers have been wounded in the ongoing border conflict.
Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino on Monday informed that troops of the Bolivian National Armed Forces (FANB) were deployed in three municipalities of the Apure state to fight Colombian irregular armed groups.
"By order of President Nicolas Maduro, we expanded the Special Integral Defense Operational Zone (ZODI) in the municipalities of Paez, Muñoz, and Romulo Gallegos," Padrino explained and reported that eight Venezuelan soldiers have been killed in the ongoing conflict.
In those municipalities, authorities will strengthen migratory controls and restrict land, air, and river transit. The FANB could also apply special measures, such as inspecting homes and vacating public spaces.
"A greater military deployment will halt the warfare promoted by Colombian paramilitary groups with the complicity of President Ivan Duque and Washington," Padrino explained.
#FromTheSouth News Bits | Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López offered details of the fight against Colombian armed groups as Venezuela's armed forces heightened security in the border state of Apure. pic.twitter.com/ZwW4KIsXob