A joint patrol in the Cuyuni river by members of the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force came under fire from the Venezuelan side of the border yesterday.
It is suspected that the Venezuelan criminal gang, Syndicato might have been behind the attack.
The GDF said the joint patrol ranks returned fire. There were no injuries to any of the joint patrol ranks, the GDF said.
According to a statement from the GDF, aggressive joint boat patrols by the Guyanese security forces have since been intensified in the Cuyuni river area.
Guyana’s border with Venezuela is more than 1000 kilometres long and patrols are conducted on a routine basis. The GDF said yesterday’s occurrence is not new and several measures are being explored toward a resolution.
A few weeks ago, members of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission conducting patrols of mining areas on the Guyana side of the border, also came under fire from the Venezuelan side.
(FILE PHOTO OF GDF PATROL)