RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "We have freed the (popular neighborhood of) Cota 905 and the whole southern area of Caracas from criminal gangs financed by Colombia, armed by the paramilitaries of (Colombian President) Iván Duque," Maduro said at a party event broadcast by state-run VTV.
Between July 7 and 9, during almost 72 hours, several criminal gangs attacked police forces in western Caracas and disrupted activity in several areas, among them the Cota 905.
According to the official report released shortly thereafter, 4 police officers were killed and 22 "criminals" were "neutralized," a word used ambiguously by authorities . . .