Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Venezuela crisis: Helicopter launches attack on Supreme Court



Venezuela's Supreme Court has been attacked by grenades dropped from a helicopter in what President Nicolás Maduro called a "terrorist attack".

 
Footage on social media shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard.


The police officer said to have piloted the stolen aircraft issued a statement denouncing the "criminal government". His whereabouts are unknown.


It comes after mass protests against the political and economic crisis.


The Supreme Court is regularly criticised by the Venezuelan opposition for its rulings which bolster Mr Maduro's hold on power.


In an address from the presidential palace, President Maduro said the helicopter had flown over the Supreme Court and also the justice and interior ministries.


President Nicolas Maduro said a helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court Tuesday in a confusing incident that he claimed was part of a coup attempt


Officials quoted by Reuters news agency said four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots had been fired at the interior ministry.


No injuries were reported but Mr Maduro said "a social event" had been taking place at the Supreme Court and the attack could have caused "dozens of deaths". One of the grenades failed to detonate, he added.


A bus was pictured in flames outside the court on Tuesday as armed police swarmed to defend it from the attack

Perez was photographed at the controls of the helicopter in Caracas yesterday as a militant behind him dangled a banner that read '350 Liberty' out of the door






BBC     News.