Venezuela government says arrests made after reports of military uprising

Venezuelan Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz

Pro-government sources claim the attack attempts.

Also yesterday the new assembly loyal to the embattled Maduro fired the country's attorney general, Luisa Ortega, one of the president's most vociferous critics, sparking a firestorm of condemnation from the U.S. and Latin American nations.

That assembly voted unanimously on Saturday to remove Venezuela's chief prosecutor, a longtime government loyalist who broke with President Nicolas Maduro in April.

The new Constituent Assembly, packed with Maduro allies including the president's wife and son, has quickly used its supreme powers to clamp down on dissent.

Locals said a nighttime curfew had been imposed, as flaming barricades set up in the street by anti-government protesters spewed black smoke.

Al Jazeera's John Holman, reporting from Caracas, said a civil society group that monitors the military has raised questions about Caguaripano and the attack on Paramacay.

"We shouldn't think the government is winning", said Julio Borges, president of the opposition-controlled congress, making an emotional plea for Maduro's opponents to remain on the streets and capitalize on the government's increasing worldwide isolation.

Military chiefs said the rebels, whom they described as "terrorists", were trying to steal weapons and that seven people were detained after the attack.

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A witness near the military base, in the town of Naguanagua, reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but Cabello maintained that the situation had been brought under control.

'This is not a coup but a military and civil action to re-establish constitutional order, ' the leader of the attackers said in a video posted on social media.

Venezuela is wracked by tension and violence, as the unpopular Maduro government seeks to hold on to power.

The person says bursts of gunfire could be heard coming from the base in the central city of Valencia starting around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Maduro, who has said he will use the Assembly to punish his opponents, planned to attend the opening session.

According to the government, more than eight million Venezuelans participated in Sunday's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) vote, or 41% of the Venezuelans able to vote.

Maduro also wants the assembly to strip opposition lawmakers of their constitutional immunity from prosecution, saying their constant conspiring to oust him shouldn't be protected.

Governments ranging from Latin American neighbours to the United States and European Union have condemned the assembly, with the Vatican making a last minute plea for authorities to suspend it. Brazil on Friday recommended that Venezuela be suspended from trade bloc Mercosur until it returns to democracy.

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