Seven Venezuelan soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the Colombian border, military officials have announced.
State news agency AVN reports that it is still unclear what caused the Superpuma helicopter to crash.
The soldiers were deployed on anti-drug operations in the state of Apure.
In a statement, military officials said the bodies were recovered from the crash site early on Thursday morning and a full investigation was under way.
Venezuela recently sent extra troops to beef up its patrols along the borders with Colombia, Brazil and Guyana in an attempt to tackle drug trafficking and armed groups.