In a statement, the Ministry of Defense reported that the situation occurred in the middle of the night of Jan. 21 at approximately at 2:50 local time. "A small group of assailants assigned to the zone commando No. 43 of the Bolivarian National Guard, betraying their oath of allegiance to the Homeland and its institutions," said Captain Gerson Soto Martínez, commander of the Macarao police coordination post.
From there post, the assailants "moved on two military vehicles, then broke into the headquarters of the urban security outpost located in the town of Petare, Sucrem, removing a cache of weapons of war and kidnapping under threat of death, two officers and two national guard members of the aforementioned outpost."
He also detailed that the criminals surrendered and were captured at the headquarters of the Waraira Repano special security unit in Cotiza, in the town of Libertador, also affiliated with the Bolivarian National Guar. " The Ministry of Defense explained that during the detention it was possible to recover the stolen weaponry. In addition, the detainees "are providing information of interest to the intelligence agencies and the military justice system."
The Bolivian Armed Forces categorically rejected these acts, "which are certainly motivated by dark interests of the extreme right and are contrary to the basic rules of military discipline, honor and the traditions of our institution."
The president of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), Diosdado Cabello, rejected the theft of military installations and said that the intention was to generate violence and anxiety in the population:
Nuevamente nuestra Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana, Centinela de la Patria, captura y rinde a un pequeño grupo de asaltantes y traidores a la Patria que robaron un armamento para generar violencia y zozobra en la población. Nosotros Venceremos!!!
Once again, our Bolivarian National Armed Forces, Guardian of the Homeland, captures a small group of assailants and traitors to the Homeland who stole weapons to generate violence and anxiety in the population. We will prevail!!!