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About eight Venezuelan soldiers were killed in operations, leaving about 5,000 fleeing across the border.

Venezuelan forces have detained members of the Mexican drug gang Sinaloa in clashes with armed groups near the western border with Colombia, a Venezuelan military official said on Friday.

The Venezuelan army on March 21 launched an attack against what officials call anomalous Colombian armed groups in the western state of Apure.

About eight Venezuelan soldiers were killed in operations, leaving about 5,000 fleeing across the border.

“We even caught some individuals from the Sinaloa gang,” the head of Venezuela’s strategic command, Remigio Ceballos, said in a phone call broadcast on state television.

Ceballos did not specify the names of the detainees, nor how many cartel members were arrested. He said a number of individuals from Brazil have also been detained, and said all will be presented to the court of this country.

The fighting took place near the border town of La Victoria, about 628 km (390 miles) southwest of the Venezuelan capital Caracas.

The Venezuelan Information Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the arrest.

The Colombian government says the Sinaloa gang is active in the South American country and has alliances with local rebel groups, including the National Liberation Army (ELN) and former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. Colombian network (FARC), who denied a 2016 peace deal.

Venezuela, this week established a special military unit for the border area, it is unclear what groups it is fighting with along the border.

Critics of President Nicolas Maduro have said that the fighters include dissident FARC fighters, whom his government has run in the past.



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