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Venezuela accuses US of 'terrorist attack' on oil facility

AFP  |  Caracas 

A "terrorist attack" ruptured storage tanks at a processing plant in eastern Venezuela, said Thursday, blaming the and

No casualties were reported in the incident that occurred late Wednesday at the located on the outskirts of the Venezuelan city of in which three tanks caught fire.

Quevedo blamed Guaido, the of Venezuela's opposition-ruled backed by 50 countries, accusing him of collusion with the

"There was a terrorist act that we denounce at an international level," Quevedo told VTV.

He singled out a US senator, Marco Rubio, whom considers to be a policies against

On Twitter, the said Rubio "ordered more violence in " Guaido and the opposition, he said, were "intensifying terrorist incursions" against the state-owned company to impact Venezuela's vital crude exports.

"Traitors!" he wrote, adding "the has decided to rob of its .. (and) wants blood to flow."

account for 90 per cent of Venezuela's export revenues. Production has long slid, crimped by years of under-investment and mismanagement.

Stepped-up US sanctions have further trimmed exports.

An unprecedented nationwide blackout that lasted nearly a week dealt further damage, affecting most of the one million barrels of oil a day still manages to produce, according to the economic analysis firm

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 20:25 IST