Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. File photo

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picture captionNicolás Maduro additionally stated the Venezuelan authorities had foiled a plot to trigger an explosion at one other oil refinery

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says a “US spy” has been captured close to two oil refineries within the nation’s north-western state of Falcón.

In a televised deal with, Mr Maduro stated the person was seized with weapons and enormous quantities of money close to the Amuay and Cardon refineries on Thursday.

He stated the person was “serving as a Marine on CIA bases in Iraq”. He gave no additional particulars.

The US has to date made no public touch upon the difficulty.

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Individually, Mr Maduro stated that the Venezuelan authorities had lately foiled a plot to trigger an explosion at El Palito refinery within the northern Carabobo state. He didn’t elaborate.

Final month, a Venezuelan court docket sentenced two former American troopers to 20 years in jail for attempting to overthrow Mr Maduro.

Luke Denman and Airan Berry have been discovered responsible of conspiracy, illicit trafficking of weapons and terrorism.

The pair have been amongst 13 individuals arrested in Could as they tried to enter Venezuela by sea from Colombia.

US President Donald Trump, lengthy an opponent of socialist President Maduro, has denied accusations by Venezuela that he was behind that incident.

Washington backs opposition chief Juan Guaidó and recognises him because the nation’s authentic chief.

Relations between the US and Venezuela are tense. Mr Maduro has accused America of manipulating political opposition to steal the nation’s huge oil wealth.

America and Mr Guaidó, in the meantime, have blamed the president for Venezuela’s financial collapse.

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  • Nicolás Maduro

  • Spying
  • United States
  • Venezuela