Yesterday, an unidentified organization stole a police helicopter and attacked the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry building in Caracas, the capital of Venezuela. A police officer claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Yesterday (Tuesday), a Venezuelan police helicopter shot at the Supreme Court and Interior Ministry building in the country’s capital Caracas.

According to authorities, activists of an unknown organization stole the helicopter and fired 15 bullets at the building during a crowded event. In addition, 4 grenades were thrown at the court while judges were present in the building. No injuries were reported.

“Sooner or later, we are going to apprehend the helicopter and those behind this armed terror attack against our government’s institutions,” stated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “They could have killed dozens of people.”

Shortly after the attack, a police pilot identifying himself as Oscar Perez posted a video on Instagram and claimed responsibility for the attack and criticized the Venezuelan government, calling it corrupt.


Maduro Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

At least 75 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in giant demonstrations against the government that began in April. The protesters are calling on Maduro to resign in light of the economic crisis and the undemocratic oppression of the country’s opposition.