9 Arrested for Massacre of Miners in Southeast Venezuela

Nine people have been arrested and three more are wanted for crimes related to the murders of 17 miners in the southeastern town of Tumeremo, Venezuela's attorney general said Monday.

Some of those in custody "had a direct participation" in the massacre, while others financed the criminal activity or "tried to shield those who committed the crimes," Luisa Ortega Diaz told Globovision TV.

She said those under arrest had been associated with Jamilton Andres Ulloa Suarez, alias "El Topo," whom authorities have identified as the leader of the gang that murdered the miners, whose bodies were found last March 14 buried in a grave five meters (16 feet) deep.

Agents from the AG Office remain in the area trying to track down El Topo, Ortega Diaz said. She also said that in their search, the agents found arms, bulletproof vests, cash and ammunition. 


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