Attack on Fort Paramacay

The attack on Fort Paramacay, code name Operation David,[1] was a military assault carried out in the morning of Sunday, August 6, 2017, between 3:50 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. in the Venezuelan town of Naguanagua, Carabobo.

Attack on Fort Paramacay
Part of Crisis in Venezuela (2010-present)
2017 Venezuela Paramacay base attack.png
Soldiers detain the occupants of a vehicle after the assault.
Date6 August 2017
Result Rebel attack repelled by government forces; some weapons captured by the opposition.

 Venezuela Bolivarian government

Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).png Opposition military personnel

  • Seal of the Venezuelan Army.png Military dissidents

Supported by

Flag of Venezuela (1954-2006).png Civilian opposition
Commanders and leaders
Seal of the Venezuelan Army.png Vladimir Padrino López (Commander-in-chief) National Guard of Venezuela Seal.png Juan Caguaripano [es] (Commander)
approx. 900 soldiers of the 41st Command Brigade 20 dissidents
Casualties and losses
8 dead
3 injured[citation needed]
2 dead
1 injured
7 captured


The fort is in the town of Naguanagua within the municipality of Naguanagua, within the state of Carabobo.

The assault began when a group of 20 civilian dissidents commanded by Juan Caguaripano, a former captain (deserter since 2014) of the National Guard, stormed the Fort to steal weapons.[2] First Lieutenant Jefferson García, of the plaza 4101 Commando Company, was the officer in charge of the Fort's weapons store; the 41st brigade of the Bolivarian Army was based at the Fort.[3] Troops loyal to the government stopped the attack, causing ten of the dissidents (including Caguaripano) to flee, with seven of the group arrested, two dead, and one injured.[4][5] The attackers who escaped had managed to take a considerable amount of munitions, including grenades and bullets. Though the attack ended at 8:00 am, civilians were protesting in the streets of the city later that day in support of the dissidents, which caused several clashes between them and the National Guard.[6][7]

Stolen armamentsEdit

During the attack, the dissidents stole 500 AK-103 rifles and 500 magazines, 50 40mm multiple grenade launchers and 140 40mm grenades, 80 bayonets, 60 pistols and magazines. The weapons were placed in a Toyota vehicle with military plates and removed from Fort Paramacay.[6][8]


Some of the members and leaders of the attack were captured in the following days. Two of the dissidents were reported by the government to have been killed during the assault: Yhonny Emisael Martínez Cedeño and Orlando Segundo Landino.

On January 15, 2018, after the El Junquito raid, where the dissident Óscar Alberto Pérez was killed, some of those who had been involved in this assault were also killed, and the owner of the truck with the stolen weaponry was captured.[9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Las voces encapuchadas ganan terreno en Venezuela". El Nacional. Archived from the original on 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  2. ^ "El caos se apodera de Venezuela en medio de rumores de golpe". El País.
  3. ^ "Lo que se sabe del "ataque terrorista paramilitar" contra una base del Ejército en Venezuela". BBC.
  4. ^ "Maduro: Dos atacantes muertos y un herido dejó asalto al Fuerte Paramacay". Panorama. Archived from the original on 2017-08-07. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  5. ^ "Reportan dos fallecidos tras ataque al Fuerte Paramacay". El Nacional.
  6. ^ a b "La Guardia Nacional hizo estragos en Naguanagua". El Nacional.
  7. ^ "Terroristas intentaron asaltar El Fuerte Paramacay". NotiTarde. Archived from the original on 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
  8. ^ "Así ocurrió la toma del Fuerte Paramacay". El Estímulo.
  9. ^ "Doce claves así explicó Reverol el asedio y muerte de Óscar Pérez". Efecto Cocuyo. Archived from the original on 2018-01-18. Retrieved 2018-08-18.