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Venezuela prosecutor: 5 more from domestic spy agency arrested in deaths of 2 at protests

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    Opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado holds a Venezuelan flag during a women's protest outside the Bolivarian National Guard headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)The Associated Press

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    Flowers in the shape of crosses and images of slain students lay at the feet female Bolivarian National Guard officers standing guard outside their headquarters as a women's march arrives to protest repression against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)The Associated Press

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    A demonstrator holds a picture of slain student Geraldine Moreno during a women's march to the Bolivarian National Guard headquarters to protest repression against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Moreno was near her home in Valencia last week, watching students defend a barricade at the corner of her street, when national guardsmen rushed in and fired rubber bullets at close range, hitting her in the face. She died from brain injuries on Saturday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)The Associated Press

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    Nuns raise their arms during a women's march protesting repression against anti-government demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is expressing concern about Venezuela's escalating political crisis and wants to meet with leaders on both sides in an upcoming trip.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)The Associated Press

Venezuela's chief prosecutor says five more members of a national intelligence agency have been arrested on murder charges related to the shooting deaths of two people in anti-government street demonstrations.

In a statement Wednesday, the office says the five agents were present at protests Feb. 12 in Caracas where 24-year-old university student Bassil Da Costa and government supporter Juan Montoya died. They were among the first of at least 16 killed in the protests.

Chief prosecutor Luisa Ortega said Monday that three others from the same agency had been arrested on similar charges.

The protests began with students and were soon joined by tens of thousands in several cities, upset over economic problems and heavy-handed government response to the protests

Senior government officials initially blamed protesters for the deaths.