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Sun May 26, 2019, 01:33 PM

Venezuela jail inmates killed in clash with police special forces

Source: Deutsche Welle

Date 24.05.2019

Venezuela jail inmates killed in clash with police special forces

Venezuela's special police forces (FAES) killed 29 inmates in what the authorities described as a failed escape attempt from a detention center. Activists reject the official version of events.

At least 29 inmates were killed in a shootout with Venezuela's special FAES police division, with 19 police officers wounded, Venezuelan authorities said on Friday.

"There was an attempted escape and a fight broke out among(rival) gangs," Portuguesa Citizen Security Secretary Oscar Valero told reporters.

"With police intervention to prevent the escape, well, there were 29 deaths," he said, adding that detainees activated three grenades during the clash in a police station in Acarigua, northwest Venezuela.

Hostages or visitors

Some sources reported the activists were armed and had taken hostages before the shootout. Other, including the Venezuelan Prison Observatory (OVP), slammed the incident as a "massacre."

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