Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday that authorities have captured 13 ‚terrorists‘, including two US citizens he described as mercenaries, over allegations that they were involved in a failed plot to invade the country and oust him.
Nach dem Zwischenfall hat die venezolanische Regierung jetzt mehr als 25.000 Soldaten mobilisiert. Sie sollen nach weiteren möglichen Kämpfern im Land fahnden, hieß es von Behördenseite. Bislang seien gut ein Dutzend Verdächtige festgenommen worden. Unter ihnen sollen sich auch zwei US-Bürger befinden, so Präsident Nicolás Maduro. Die Staatsangehörigkeit der weiteren Festgenommenen ist bislang unklar.
Goudreau, in an interview with The Washington Post, confirmed that two Americans in what he says was a force of about 60 men were captured Monday along with six Venezuelans. He identified the Americans as Airan Berry and Luke Denman. Also captured was one of the operation’s leaders, former Capt. Antonio Sequea.
The Americans, Goudreau said, were fellow former Special Forces members he had known for years who had joined the operation as “supervisors.” He said he has engaged a lawyer in Venezuela and was reaching out to the State Department to try to secure their release.