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Pursuing Embassy Bombings, Venezuelan Agents Raid Home of Dissident Military Officer

Federal agents raided the home Tuesday of a dissident military officer accused of the February bombings of Colombian and Spanish diplomatic missions, the state news agency said. Agents found documents that allegedly link dissident Gen. Felipe Rodriguez to the bombings, federal prosecutor Danilo Anderson was quoted as saying. Forty-five 7.62-caliber bullets  ammunition used in Venezuela’s military-issue automatic rifles  and messages calling for disobedience against President Hugo Chavez were also discovered, Anderson told Venpres. Betty Rodriguez, the dissident’s wife, said the bullets found at the residence in central Aragua state were part of her son’s private arms collection, Venpres reported. Her husband, who has denied involvement in the blasts, was not at home. The raid comes as the government is investigating several bombings in Caracas this year. Leaders of a group of more than 100 military officers who declared themselves in rebellion against Chavez last year are being investigated in the blasts. Many of the dissidents have since fled the country or gone into hiding. The government claims that dissident soldiers and radicals within the opposition were responsible for 37 attacks since a 2002 coup against Chavez. Full Story

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