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Venezuelan Opposition Protester Dies Using Homemade Weapon

Demonstrators attack a police officer at a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government. | Photo: Reuters Demonstrators attack a police officer at a rally against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro's government. | Photo: Reuters
The Venezuelan Ministry of Internal Affairs, Justice and Peace reported on the death of the 17 year old Lander Armas Neomar Alejandro on Wednesday in the municipality of Chacao, Miranda state, resulting from the handling of a mortar during an opposition protest against the Venezuelan government.

The young man who was known as “Neon” by his friends, died after a handheld mortar exploded during operation. He was transferred to the Avila Clinic.

Officials of the Body of Scientific Criminal Investivations (CICPC) are at the site investigating.

In opposition protests that have turned violent, protesters have been found utilizing various weapons, some of which are homemade.

Last week, Venezuelan special operation forces carrying out a search operation seized weapons including an AT4 anti-tank bazooka, C4 explosives, gas masks, grenades, helmets, mortars, military uniforms and bulletproof vests in the Bello Campo neighborhood in Caracas.

Over 70 people have been killed in the ongoing protests and clashes between Venezuela's right-wing opposition and government forces.

  • Countries: Latin America