Venezuelan military chopper crashes heading to San Carlos; 7 dead

Venezuelan military helicopter crashed Saturday morning in a mountain area outside capital city Caracas. Seven officers heading to San Carlos in Cojedes state lost their lives.

Venezuelan military

Press statement released by military said the Cougar chopper was carrying two lieutenant colonels and five lower-ranking officers to a state where President Nicolas Maduro was overseeing training exercises to witness strength of his armed forces and display confidence following the recent military protests of opposition in which small cadre of soldiers turned against him.

However, the statement didn’t mention whether the helicopter was part of presidential delegations.

Meanwhile, failing to oust Maduro in Tuesday’s uprising the opposition leader Juan Guaido said he miscalculated support within the military.

The head of the National Assembly added, “Maybe because we still need more soldiers, and maybe we need more officials of the regime to be willing to support it, to back the constitution… I think the variables are obvious at this point.”

Now Guaido’s battle will be of two-front. The first is to oust Maduro and next is to keep opposition united.

The Cougar chopper was carrying two lieutenant colonels and five lower-ranking officers to a state where President Nicolas Maduro was overseeing training exercises

The Trump administration said all options are on table to oust Maduro and crown Guaido as president, but it didn’t signal whether to favor intervention against Maduro.

More than 50 countries including US and some Latin American nations have recognized Guaido as legitimate leader of Venezuela.

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