The man who reportedly commandeered the helicopter -- Oscar Perez -- later appeared in a video on social media. 'We are nationalists, we are patriots," he said. Photograph: (Twitter)
A helicopter has reportedly 'attacked' Venezuela's Supreme Court
A helicopter has apparently 'attacked' Venezuela's Supreme Court.
President Nicholas Maduro said two grenades had been dropped in the strike, which he called a terrorist attack.
Videos posted on social media -- reportedly of the incident, but unverified -- show a helicopter in the air over what looks like Caracas.
Loud bangs and what sounds like gunfire can be heard in the videos.
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BNONews: VIDEO: Stolen helicopter drops grenades near Venezuela's Supreme Court, gunfire heard pic.twitter.com/k1VVYv9Hr1 June 28, 2017 at 03…— Kurt Wieser (@kwieser76) June 28, 2017
Reuters said the chopper used in the strike was a stolen police helicopter.
The man who reportedly commandeered the helicopter later appeared in a video on social media with armed, masked men in the background -- "We are nationalists, we are patriots," he said in the video -- and reportedly appealed to the people to oppose Maduro's Leftist government.
HIs Instagram bio identified him as Oscar Perez, an investigator with the CICPC or the Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas which is Venezuela's largest national police agency.
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"I have activated the entire armed forces to defend the peace," President Maduro said in a speech delivered from the Miraflores presidential palace.
"Sooner or later, we are going to capture that helicopter and those that carried out this terror attack," he said.
Maduro added that no one was injured and that one of the grenades failed to detonate.
Maduro said the helicopter also flew over the justice and interior ministeries.
There have been widespread protests against the Maduro government for more than two months now.
And over 70 people have been killed in protest-related violence. since April 1.