Venezuela: Crisis looms after police aircraft attacks court

Jun 28, 2017, 6:31 AM EDT
(Source: Márcio Cabral de Moura/flickr)
(Source: Márcio Cabral de Moura/flickr)

A police helicopter unleashed a volley of gunshots and a grenade strike on Venezuela’s Supreme Court building on Tuesday, prompting President Nicolás Maduro to place the defense forces on alert after what he described as a “terrorist attack” seeking a coup.

The police official, believed to have carried out the assault, slammed the “criminal government” in a video statement, writes the BBC. The development came within hours after Maduro accused the U.S. of backing coup attempts in Venezuela and warned that the government would deal the “undemocratic forces” with a heavy hand.

Venezuela has been gripped by months-long political and economic crisis that have sparked fierce protests across the country, notes The Guardian.