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EXILES IN FLORIDA BLAMED IN ASSASSINATION

President Hugo Chavez's spokesman on Friday accused "terrorists" training in Florida of being behind the assassination of a state attorney who intended to prosecute backers of Venezuela's 2002 coup.

Danilo Anderson was killed by two explosions that ripped through his SUV as he was driving through the capital just before midnight Thursday.

Information Minister Andres Izarra said the assassination was clearly aimed at attacking the judicial branch and derailing his investigations and prosecutions of those who supported the coup, in which 19 people were killed.

Izarra blamed Venezuelan exiles in Florida, echoing Chavez's earlier accusations that Cuban and Venezuelan "terrorists" were training in Florida to execute him.

The U.S. government denounced the assassination.

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