Maduro Plans to Create Agency for Fight Against Colombian Terrorism

© REUTERS / Miraflores PalaceNicolás Maduro, presidente de Venezuela
Nicolás Maduro, presidente de Venezuela - Sputnik International
MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has revealed plans to establish a new security service that would be in charge of countering terrorist activities allegedly orchestrated by Colombia.

"I have asked the Defense Ministry for recommendations to create a new security service department for protection of our people from Colombian terrorism," Maduro told a state-run TV broadcaster on Saturday.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, security personnel surround Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during an incident as he was giving a speech in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 - Sputnik International
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The relations between the two neighboring countries have been strained. They escalated further after the August 4 assassination attempt on Maduro, in which the president was unharmed and seven Venezuelan soldiers sustained injuries.

Caracas accused Bogota, particularly Colombian ex-president Juan Manuel Santos, of having a role in the attack. Moreover, Venezuela said it would put blame on Colombia for any future attack on its territory.

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The Colombian Foreign Ministry denied any involvement of Bogota in the assassination attempt on Maduro.

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