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Pro-Maduro lawmaker shot dead in Venezuela

AFP  |  Caracas 

A lawmaker with Venezuela's ruling was shot dead today by unidentified attackers, officials said.

The was denounced by the of the governing body, Delcy Rodriguez.

The dead lawmaker was identified as Tomas Lucena, a member of the assembly for the western state of

Rodriguez said those responsible for the crime "will be punished" though she did not specify the circumstances nor the motives of the killing.

"Nothing will stop the and its defense of Venezuela," Rodriguez said, suggesting however that the motive may have been political.

The was set up last year by at the height of an opposition campaign to depose him, with the aim of usurping the power of the opposition-dominated

is in the throes of a deepening crisis caused by falling prices, spiraling inflation, and corruption that has decimated the oil-rich South American country's economy.

governor said he had received Maduro's "full support" to clarify the facts of the killing.

"We will not allow this crime to go unpunished," Rangel wrote on

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 04:05 IST