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Venezuela unrest toll rises as soldier is shot in head

Published on Mar 18, 2014 6:58 AM
National Guards advance on anti-government protesters during clashes with police at Altamira square in Caracas on March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CARACAS (REUTERS) - A Venezuela National Guard captain died on Monday, March 17, 2014, after being shot in the head during a demonstration, the military said. He is the 29th fatality in six weeks of clashes between protesters and security forces.

General Padrino Lopez, head of the armed forces' strategic operational command, said the captain was shot late on Sunday at a street barricade set up by demonstrators in the central city of Maracay, in Aragua state.

"He was another victim of terrorist violence," Mr Lopez said on Twitter, calling for an end to the confrontations.

"Our armed forces don't repress peaceful protests, they protect them... Much more Venezuelan blood would have been shed if it were not for the responsible actions of our National Guard."

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