An unknown number of armed assailants raided a military facility in Southern Venezuela early Sunday morning, killing one soldier and making off with 100 rifles before being led through the surrounding jungle by indigenous Pemon tribe members.
According to local media (El Pitazo) the attack was led by a deserting soldier. The attack took place in the Gran Sabana National Park in the southern area of the country in the state of Bolivar. It is a popular tourist destination and home to the tallest waterfall (Angel Falls), in the world, which is two and a half times the height of the Empire State Building.
Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino called the incident a terrorist attack. “Early today, a military unit was attacked in the south of the country by extremist opposition factions, with a large number of weapons stolen,” he posted on Twitter. “It was in this terrorist attack that an army officer was killed,” he added.