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Two former soldiers arrested following arson, murder attempt

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 10:00 AM

PORT OF SPAIN,Trinidad (CMC):

Two former Special Force members of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) were arrested on Wednesday after police intercepted a vehicle in which they were travelling containing a quantity of arms and ammunition.

Acting Police Commissioner Harold Phillips, who appeared at a news conference with Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier Rodney Smart said that the men, Devon Edwards and Steven Douglas, were also linked to an earlier incident where a man had been shot in the leg.

The acting top cop said residents of a house in Princes Town, had been awaken by the smell of gasolene.

"One of the occupants came out of the house to check and several explosions were heard. There were three occupants in the house, and the occupant who exited the house was shot on the upper part of his left leg," he said.

Phillips said that while the perpetrators left the scene driving two vehicles, they were intercepted along the Uriah Butler Highway, where the ammunition, four firearms and also false number plates were discovered.

He hinted that the men could likely be charged with attempted arson, firearm-related charges, as well as wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Smart confirmed that the two men had recently been discharged from the TTDF, adding that he was "disappointed that men allowed themselves to be used by criminal elements".

Smart said that the men with 18 and 14 years service, had been discharged from the army on misdemeanour and other charges.

So far, more than 330 people have been murdered this year, and the police said they have retrieved more than 500 guns.