Venezuela: 18 dead in clash with military at illegal mine

The skirmish broke out when government soldiers raided an illegal gold mine in the town of Guasipati in eastern Bolivar state, local media reported Sunday.

Venezuelan authorities have not released details of the operation, but an unofficial military report quoted by Agence France Presse said “an exchange of shots with several still-unidentified suspects left 18 dead,” including a woman. No soldiers were believed to be among the dead.