Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro honored the military personnel of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), who was wounded in an orchestrated attack on a military parade in August as well as in an ambush on Nov. 4 in the Amazonas State.
"This is a very emotional event that brings together two moments of difficulty, pain, threat and violence, on August 4 and November 4," Maduro remarked, from the Simon Bolivar room at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.
"Here are your protagonists! These boys that I wanted to decorate long ago and to ratify my moral, military and human support. They were injured in terrorist and criminal attack," the president of the Bolivarian Republic added.
On Nov. 4, two GNB patrols were attacked in the Amazon jungle by unidentified armed groups, resulting in deaths of three soldiers and leaving 10 others injured.
"That was a criminal ambush, and from the first moment I ordered ... to search under the stones for the assassins."
Maduro expressed his grief to the families of the three deceased soldiers.
"I assume the responsibility of these three families integrally and I feel an absolute commitment to support them in everything and beyond what I can support them," he said.
Venezuela President Maduro also stated that there will be zero tolerance towards violent armed groups that intend to undermine the country's peace.
Last Aug. 4, Maduro survived an assassination attempt, in which explosive-equipped drones approached the president as he was giving a speech at an event to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the Venezuelan army.