Venezuela: Tragic Incidents Claim Lives of 7 Presidential Honour Guards, General Jackson Silva Zapata

Military and police commission ambushed in Aragua

The Bolivarian Military Aviation reported Saturday that a commission made up of military and police in the Venezuelan state of Aragua was ambushed, resulting in three dead and four injured. The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, when a group of unknown persons were carrying high-caliber weapons and attacked the facilities of Hacienda Arenales, located in the “Las Guacamayas” sector. A commission of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) went to the place, where the confrontation continued, and one soldier, two police officers were killed and four were injured.

The deceased are Brigadier General and Director of the Professional Troops Training School, Jackson Silva Zapata; Officer Bruno Manuel Benavides Romero and Officer Jesús Eduardo Arraiz Sánchez. The wounded reported so far are Supervisor Manuel Alexander Baiza Bastidas, Officer Oswaldo Alexander Oviedo and two uniformed men whose identity has not been identified.

Seven military personnel killed in aerial incident

A second tragic incident was recorded this Saturday in Venezuela, claiming the lives of seven military personnel. The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) reported in a statement that a Couglar helicopter with the FA-59180 acronym of the institution fell to the ground while covering the route Caracas-San Carlos in the state of Cojedes. The aircraft landed in the El Volcán sector, located in the municipality of El Hatillo, in Miranda state.

The deceased are Captain Carlos Ramírez Dávila (co-pilot), Captain César Barreto, Captain Felipe Amaya, Major Alexis Alejandor Ávila Guerrero (pilot), Major Jacinto Rengifo Rodríguez, Lieutenant Colonel Tomás Ortega Valero and José Betancourt.

The members of the Presidential Honor Guard guarded the mobilization of President Nicolás Maduro during his transfer to the area of El Pao, in the state of Cojedes, where he participated this Saturday in the military exercises of cadets of the Bolivarian Military University.