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Venezuela opposition leader drops out of sight as arrest rumors swirl

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    Student demonstrator Bassil Da Costa, who was shot in the head, is carried to a police vehicle after clashes broke out between opposition protesters with security forces and pro-government supporters during a protest against the government in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Gunfire erupted in downtown Caracas when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on motorcycles and began firing on anti-Maduro student protesters clashing with security forces. At least two people were killed after the largest protests ever against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s one-year-old government turned violent. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)The Associated Press

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    Demonstrators throw rocks at riot police during clashes between opposition protesters with security forces and pro-government supporters during a protest against the government in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. At least two people were killed after the largest protests ever against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s one-year-old government turned violent. Gunfire erupted in downtown Caracas when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on motorcycles and began firing on anti-Maduro student protesters clashing with security forces. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)The Associated Press

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    A woman with the symbol of the student protests, a white hand, painted on her face marches with fellow demonstrators to the General Prosecutors building in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. At least two people were killed after the largest protests ever against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s one-year-old government turned violent. Gunfire erupted in downtown Caracas when armed members of a pro-government vigilante group arrived on motorcycles and began firing on anti-Maduro student protesters clashing with security forces. (AP Photo/Alejandro Cegarra)The Associated Press

A hard-line leader of Venezuela's opposition has dropped out of sight amid media reports that an arrest order has been issued for his alleged role inciting violence at anti-government protests that resulted in three deaths.

Leopoldo Lopez was last heard from Wednesday night at a press conference where he vowed demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government will continue.

Allies on Thursday said Lopez is at his home trying to verify whether his officials are seeking his detention. El Universal newspaper published what it said was a leaked copy of an arrest order against Lopez.

Chief federal prosecutor Luisa Ortega made no mention of the alleged order in statements to the media Thursday. Her office would neither confirm nor deny the report when contacted by AP.