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Conflict in La Planta prison intensifies

Venezuelan troops and security forces have fired about thirty stun bombs, along with tear gas. The occupation of the prison by military troops and security forces was imminent, sources said

Shooting started early Thursday (Photo: Tomás Ramírez González)
TOMÁS RAMÍREZ GONZÁLEZ |  EL UNIVERSAL
Thursday May 17, 2012  12:40 PM

Clashes between military troops and inmates at La Planta prison in Caracas escalated on Thursday morning. Gunfire began at about 7:45 a.m.

A Venezuelan official, who asked not to be named, informed that troops and security forces have fired about thirty stun bombs, along with tear gas.

Additionally, four armored cars were deployed on a highway in front of the prison.

The buildings adjacent to the jail were taken by officials of the National Bolivarian Intelligence Service (Sebin) and members of the Scientific, Criminal and Forensic Investigation Agency (Cicpc), whereas National Guard troops were deployed in the highway.

More than 1,500 military troops and agents were deployed in the area. The occupation of the prison by military troops and security forces was imminent, sources said.

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