Raid on Venezuelan Base Got Help From Active Officers — Sense of defeat, desperation grows — It could be putting Venezuela in a situation of pre-civil war

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Government says it is still looking for some rebels who conducted the attack in Valencia

Anti-government activists demonstrated in Venezuela on Sunday after a raid by self-describe rebels on a army base in Valencia.
Anti-government activists demonstrated in Venezuela on Sunday after a raid by self-describe rebels on a army base in Valencia. PHOTO:RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

CARACAS, Venezuela—Venezuela’s defense minister said Monday that authorities were still looking for a small group of rebels—including active military officers—who raided an army base and stole weapons early Sunday.

The dawn raid, which led to three deaths, was an embarrassment to the government by underscoring how easily a group of civilians and former soldiers raided the ammunition depot of the Paramacay artillery base, home to an armored brigade.

The government said the attackers made off with close to 100 AK-103 assault rifles and a handful of grenade launchers. The incident in Valencia, the country’s third-largest city…

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