Venezuela Announces Three Additional Arrests After Failed Incursion

Venezuela’s Interior Minister said three additional arrests were made on May 10 following a failed incursion by “terrorist mercenaries” the previous week.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol shared this footage on Sunday, and said three “mercenaries” who were were part of the group that tried to carry out the failed maritime incursion were captured in Colonia Tovar, a town in Aragua state.

He identified the men as Jairo Bethelmy, a former First Lieutenant, and Jonathan Franco and Evan Rincón, former sergeants. Reverol said Venezuela would continue to operate a land, sea and air operation until all members of the “terrorist organization” who attempted the incursion were captured.

Venezuelan officials said two US citizens were among those detained after a group landed early on May 3 on a beach in the port city of La Guaira. Security forces killed eight of the fighters, authorities said.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has alleged the plan was organized by Colombia and the United States, which both countries have denied. Credit: Néstor Reverol via Storyful