2 killed in attack on Venezuela base: Maduro

New Venezuela assembly begins

That intensified this week with the election and installation of a constitutional assembly that will rule with almost unlimited powers.

Al Jazeera's John Holman, reporting from Caracas, said a civil society group that monitors the military has raised questions about Caguaripano and the attack on Paramacay.

In a video purportedly shot in city of Valencia, 16 men calling themselves the 41st Brigade declared a "civil-military action to restore the constitutional order".

The attack occurred on one of the loyal to President Maduro military bases near Valencia.

Many fear the 545 members of the assembly - all allies of the President - will further clamp down on dissent and undermine freedoms in the struggling country.

But the base remained under control of government troops.

"This is not a coup d'etat", added Caguaripano, who was removed from the National Guard in 2014, according to a document seen by Reuters.

More than ten countries of the region, among them Argentina, Colombia, and Peru, said that would not recognize the electoral results.

Venezuelan intelligence agents have returned opposition leader Antonio Ledezma to his home, where he is serving house arrest, after taking him to prison early on Tuesday, Ledezma's family said on Friday.

The Constituent Assembly, elected last weekend in a vote marred by violence and allegations of fraud, will sit in a chamber in the Legislative Palace in Caracas, where the opposition-controlled legislature is located.

Its installation is virtually certain to intensify a political crisis that has brought four months of protests in which at least 120 people have died and hundreds more have been jailed.

In the latest twist in the slow-motion crisis, Venezuela's chief prosecutor was sacked on Saturday and ordered to stand trial, less than 24 hours after a newly elected legislative superbody was installed with sweeping powers to strengthen President Nicolas Maduro's grip on power.

One analyst, Luis Salamanca, said the new assembly "is being born badly, but Maduro doesn't care".

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who has been pushing for sanctions against Maduro's government, tweeted that Cabello's acting as the government's principal spokesman on the incident "shows who's in charge of security forces in Venezuela".

Opposition leaders have sharply criticised what they call the "politicisation" of the military under Maduro and his predecessor.

The beginning of the Assembly's works, which was originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed by Maduro's decision after a controversy over an alleged electoral "fraud" identified by the Prosecutor's Office and by the company responsible for counting Sunday's votes.

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