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Gunfights between gangs and police close major roads in Caracas

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By Sarah Kinosian and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities closed roads in northwest Caracas on Thursday due to intense firefights between security forces and organized crime gangs that analysts say are trying to expand the territory under their control in the capital. Heavily armed criminal groups have moved in the past month to residential and commercial areas from slums in the city’s hills, and violence has exploded over the past 24 hours with gun battles breaking out in at least five populous neighborhoods. “State security agencies continue to be deployed in the areas …

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