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Helicopter attacks a Venezuelan court in 'attempted coup'

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:22

A Venezuelan police helicopter attacks the Supreme Court and a government ministry, escalating the country's political crisis, in what President Nicolas Maduro is calling an attack by ''terrorists'' seeking a coup. Samantha Vadas reports.

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Chaos in Venezuela's capital Caracas on Tuesday (June 27). A police helicopter circling the city firing shots at the Interior Ministry and dropping four grenades on the supreme court. President Nicolas Maduro says the attack is part of an attempted coup, ratcheting up the country's violent political crisis. "I have activated the National Armed Forces and I am sure that sooner or later we will capture those who have launched this armed terrorist attack against the institutions of our country," Maduro said. The government says the helicopter was stolen by police pilot Oscar Perez. A video uploaded to his social media account around the same time says an operation is underway to restore democracy. The attack came as drama broke out at Venezuela's National Assembly, where two dozen lawmakers say they were mobbed by pro-government gangs. Maduro has faced three months of protest by an opposition that's branded him a dictator and accused him of wrecking the economy. The violent unrest has so far left at least 75 people dead and hundreds injured.

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Helicopter attacks a Venezuelan court in 'attempted coup'

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 01:22