Maduro slams attack on key refinery

Caracas, Oct 29 : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has slammed an attack on the oil-producing nation’s Amuay refinery complex located in Falcon state.

“Yesterday it (the refinery) was attacked with a powerful long-range weapon, which we are investigating to determine of what type,” Xinhua news agency quoted Maduro as saying at a press conference at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Wednesday.

“They wanted to cause a total explosion at the Amuay refinery,” he said, adding that the attack at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday toppled “a tower with a level of thickness in its steel superior to that of a war tank”.

The complex, according to Maduro, is “one of the most important refineries in Venezuela and Latin America”.

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Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami was in Falcon to assess the damage, he said.

The attack comes more than a month after the President had claimed that a “US spy” was captured near the Amuay and Cardon refineries with large amounts of cash and weapons.

Without giving further details, Maduro had said the man was “serving as a marine on CIA bases in Iraq”.

Disclaimer: This story is auto-generated from IANS service.

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