Venezuelan Intelligence Agents Seize Opposition Leader Juan Guaido's Chief Of Staff

USA Today: Venezuelan forces kidnap opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff in raid

WASHINGTON – Venezuelan intelligence officials kidnapped opposition leader Juan Guaido's chief of staff and ransacked a second opposition official's residence Thursday, Guaido and other officials said Thursday.

During an early morning raid that escalated an already tense political standoff, armed officers descended on the apartment of Roberto Marrero, a lawyer and top adviser to Guaido. The intelligence officials, who are loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, planted two rifles and a grenade at the apartment and took Marrero to an undisclosed location, according to an account posted by Guaido on Twitter.

"We don't know his whereabouts," Guaido said. "He must be released immediately."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly denounced the arrest and called for Marrero's release.

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