The Guyanese government has launched a probe into the landing of a Venezuelan military aircraft on an airstrip in the gold mining community of Kaikan in the Essequibo region.

Demerara Waves Online quotes Chief of Starr of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Brigadier Mark Phillips as saying two armed men dressed in military uniforms exited the helicopter that landed on Thursday morning, and spoke with two women before departing.

The helicopter landed one day after the government announced the start of a six-month operation by police and soldiers to suppress crime, prepare for a terrorist attack and monitor the borders with Venezuela and Suriname.

Guyana and Venezuela are currently involved in a bitter border controversy with the Guyana government lobbying for a juridical settlement.

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