An explosion that damaged an oil pipeline connected to Venezuela's largest oil refinery was caused by government foes attempting to disrupt congressional elections, officials said Sunday.
Interior Minister Jesse Chacon said C-4 explosives were used to blow up the pipeline Saturday night and that officials are certain it was aimed at trying to destabilize the country.
"We already know who is behind this situation, and we have made some detentions," Chacon said, without giving other details.
Nobody was hurt by the explosion Saturday night in a remote region of western Venezuela, and firefighters extinguished a fierce blaze caused by the blast.
Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez blamed the same opponents who unsuccessfully tried to oust President Hugo Chavez in a two-month strike that ended in early 2003.
"The same people behind the oil sabotage ... are trying to wreak havoc in our country," Ramirez told the state-run Bolivarian News Agency. "We defeated them that time, and we will defeat them now.", AP reported. V.A.
After the incident with the shootdown of the Ilyushin Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft over the Mediterranean Sea, Russia will supply an S-300 anti-aircraft missile system to Syria
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities