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Venezuela extends border crackdown to 3rd state

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AM
President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.
Colombian police help carry people's household belongings across the Tachira River from Venezuela, top, to Colombia, on the border that separates San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela from Villa del Rosario, Colombia, on Tuesday during a mass exodus of Colombians.
People carrying their household belongings from Venezuela to Colombia during a mass exodus of Colombians.
Colombian police stand in the Tachira River to help people carrying their household belongings from Venezuela (top) to Colombia, on the border that separates San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuelam from Villa del Rosario, Colombia, during a mass exodus of Colombians.
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP):

Venezuelan President Nicol·s Maduro is extending an anti-smuggling crackdown to a third border state as tensions with neighbouring Colombia show no sign of abating.

Maduro late Tuesday night said that a state of emergency had been broadened to encompass 10 more municipalities on Venezuela's western edge, including three in the state of Apure. He said he would reinforce the military presence in those cities but didn't say whether border crossings in Apure would be closed as has occurred in two other states facing restrictions.

Colombia's government has protested the treatment of some 1,400 of its nationals deported under the crackdown. An attempt by South American neighbours to mediate a solution to the

now month-old crisis has failed so far.