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Armed robbery risks rising in northern Bolivia following Brazilian criminal raid on military weapons stores

22 June 2018


On 18 June, Bolivia’s Defence Minister Javier Zabaleta confirmed that one of Brazil’s leading drug trafficking organisations, the Comando Vermelho (CV), had perpetrated a cross-border assault on a military outpost near Porvenir, Pando department.

The armed raid left seven people injured, including two police officers, and saw the attackers escape with an estimated nine AK-47 assault rifles, 11 magazines, and five pistols. The incident followed another suspected CV attack on 13 June in which 30 rifles and 2,000 rounds of ammunition were stolen from a Brazilian police outpost near the Bolivian border in Epitaciolandia.

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