A Venezuelan police helicopter strafed the Supreme Court and a government ministry on Tuesday, in what President Nicolas Maduro called an attack by “terrorists” seeking a coup.
The aircraft fired 15 shots at the Interior Ministry, where scores of people were at a social event, and dropped four grenades from a helicopter on the court, where judges were meeting, officials said.
A Footage shows a police helicopter circling over the city before shots and a loud bang are heard. .Venezuela’s government said in a communique the helicopter was stolen by investigative police pilot Oscar Perez, who denounced the “criminal government” declared himself in rebellion against Maduro.
The Supreme Court has been regularly criticised by the Venezuelan opposition for its rulings which bolsters Maduro’s hold on power. Maduro says they are seeking a coup against him with the encouragement of a U.S. government eager to gain control of Venezuela’s oil reserves, the largest in the world.
“Sooner rather than later, we are going to capture the helicopter and those behind this armed terrorist attack against the institutions of the country,” Maduro said.
It comes after mass protests against the political and economic crisis
However, there were no reports of injuries.