CARACAS -- Two supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles died Saturday after their caravan was attacked by political rivals, local media reported.
The two men were shot as they were following Capriles’ caravan into western Barinas state – a longtime administration stronghold, Noticias24 and Globovisión reported.
Interior Minister Tarek El Aissami told VTV that the case is being investigated and that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.
The incident comes as both candidates have been stepping up activities as they head into a tight Oct. 7 presidential race. Capriles, 40, will hold his final rally in Caracas on Sunday, which is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of supporters. Chávez is expected to close his campaign Thursday, also with a massive march in the capital.
In power for almost 14 years, Chávez, 58, is leading most polls, but some surveys show the two men in a dead heat.