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Venezuela’s Defense Chief Denounces Irregular Colombian Forces’ Attacks

Venezuela’s Defense Chief Denounces Irregular Colombian Forces’ Attacks
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By Staff, Agencies

Venezuela's defense chief slammed attacks by irregular Colombian forces in the South American nation, describing them as false-flag operations aimed at terrorizing the Venezuelan population.

"They will not be able to frighten Venezuelans, and they will not make Venezuela become a lawless nation like Colombia," Defense Minister General Vladimir Padrino wrote in a Twitter post.

He warned that such "false-flag" operations in Venezuela's Apure State were backed by Western media propaganda to sway public opinion.

Padrino said the attacks by irregular Colombian forces using explosives and weapons targeted Venezuelan population centers and border military posts.

In comments broadcast last week, the defense minister warned the armed groups of a "resounding response."

“Our problem is that an armed group, outside of the law, linked to narcotrafficking, and following a clear strategy of imperialism with the Colombian government, acts against Venezuela.”

"For me, this is continued situation, a continued situation of all the aggression that comes from Colombia; it’s no more coincidence. Whatever group -- whatever their ideological, political tendency, their origin --... comes and attempts to perch itself on this ground will receive a resounding response from the Bolivian National Armed Forces... We’ll keep them out,” Padrino said.

According to Cuban media reports, earlier in the week, Padrino also detailed the nature of the attacks by the Colombian armed groups and the retaliatory measures taken by Venezuelan forces to foil armed incursions.

Reading from a statement, the minister said that since March 21, within the framework of the operation "Bolivarian Shield 2021," the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces had been carrying out action against armed irregular Colombian groups in Apure State.