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Two Venezuelan officials killed in ambush; two others killed in revenge act

By Andrew V. Pestano
Two Venezuelan officials killed in ambush; two others killed in revenge act
Venezuelan security officers investigate a nearby location from where two Venezuelan National Guard officers were killed in an ambush while trying to shut down a party. Two other Venezuelan security officials were also killed Sunday. Photo courtesy of Daniel G. Colina

CARACAS, Venezuela, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Four Venezuelan security officials were killed in two separate incidents, one which was an apparent act of revenge while the other occurred as officers tried to shut down a party, police said.

Venezuelan National Guard officers Cristian José Gerardo Guerra and Randy Oriel Rivero Sarmiento were killed at about 5 a.m. on Sunday after they and six other officers were dispatched to shut down a party in the Sucre municipality of the Miranda state, police records show.

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Once arriving to the party, the officers were ambushed by several individuals, police said. Multiple Venezuelan security agencies are investigating the incident.

In Caracas' El Junquito parish, two officials from Venezuela's Body of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations, or CICPC, were found dead in a house at about 1 p.m. on Sunday.

CICPC inspector Mailet Alejandra Osorio Gandica, 32, and detective Minerva Albany Oramas Liendo, 26, were found dead by Osorio Gandica's relatives in a house. The women were found dead in their rooms -- gagged and cut in the abdomen.

The house did not show signs of force entry, police said. An initial assessment pointed to revenge as the motive for the killing.

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