Venezuela expands Colombian border closure

Colombians deported from Venezuela cross through the bordering Tachira river near Cucuta, on the Colombian side, on August 25, 2015Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro escalated his country’s spat with Colombia Friday by expanding the partial closure of their shared border to four new frontier towns. The countries have been locked in a diplomatic row since Maduro closed part of the border last week after unidentified assailants attacked a Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrol, wounding three soldiers and a civilian. Maduro blamed the attack on right-wing paramilitaries from Colombia.

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