GGMC officers come under fire from suspected Syndicato gang


For the second time in two days, two officers attached to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) came under fire in the Cuyuni River on Friday from across the Venezuelan shore at a location called ‘Baboon.’

The News Room was reliably informed that the first shooting incident occurred on September 3 when the GGMC employees were travelling from Eteringbang to conduct mining inspections in the Cuyuni River.

On Friday, September 4, while they were en-route to their base, the officers were once again targeted; they suspect that the shots were fired by the dangerous Syndicato gang operating in Venezuela.

Both incidents were reported to the Police. When contacted, Police Commander Superintendent Dion Moore told the News Room that the Police received several reports of shots being fired in the same area recently.

As such, a decision was made to increase joint patrols in the Kurshi area.

Commander Moore said that the incident is being addressed at a “higher level” in Georgetown as it relates to border security.

A similar incident occurred in May 2016 when officers of the GGMC narrowly escaped injury after they came under attack from members of the Venezuelan army, in the vicinity of Eterinbang, in the Cuyuni River.

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