A video has emerged showing a group of men in military uniform saying they were launching an uprising against unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to restore democracy in Venezuela.
The ruling Socialist Party’s deputy, Diosdado Cabello, said there had been a “terrorist attack” at a military base in Valencia.
He said several arrests have been made.
Troops acted quickly to control the situation at the Paramacay base in the central city of Venezuela, Mr Cabello said on Twitter.
A witness in Valencia, roughly two hours from the capital of Caracas, told Reuters she heard shooting overnight.
The announcement came after a small group of men dressed in military fatigues, some armed with assault rifles, released a video declaring themselves in rebellion in Carabobo state, where Valencia is located.
In the video, a man identifying himself as Captain Juan Caguaripano said any unit refusing to go along with its call for rebellion would be declared a military target.
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