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Venezuelan officials arrest 3 men in connection to killing of opposition leader

SAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA - MARCH 08:  Anti-government protesters march through the streets on March 8, 2014 in San Cristobal, the capital of Tachira state, Venezuela. Shortage of such products as flour, milk and sugar have made life increasingly difficult for residents of Tachira, which has been a focal point for anti-government protests for almost a month.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

SAN CRISTOBAL, VENEZUELA - MARCH 08: Anti-government protesters march through the streets on March 8, 2014 in San Cristobal, the capital of Tachira state, Venezuela. Shortage of such products as flour, milk and sugar have made life increasingly difficult for residents of Tachira, which has been a focal point for anti-government protests for almost a month. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)  (2014 Getty Images)

Venezuelan officials have arrested three men in connection with the assassination of an opposition leader.

Luis Díaz was killed last week while campaigning against the government ahead of hotly contested Dec. 6 congressional elections.

On Monday, the public prosecutor's office announced that three men in their twenties had been arrested in connection with the murder in the central state of Guarico.

The killing has drawn international condemnation, and led to opposition accusations that the country's socialist government is endorsing political hits. Ruling party officials deny this and say Díaz was killed as part of a dispute between gangs.

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