When Chavez’s store was bombed, workers took it down to save it

CHILE — Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has defended his store that was hit by a U.S. missile attack and has said it’s in good condition.

He’s calling the attack on the Chavez supermarket in Caracas a provocation and says his store is still functioning.

In an interview on the television program “La Hora” on Wednesday, Chavez said he and his aides were not trying to hit anyone and that the store was just “stolen.”

But he added that he’s confident that the supermarket will survive the attack.

In response to the attack, a Venezuelan security guard stands guard outside the store.

He said the store is being repaired and that he doesn’t see any danger.

The Guard also told CNN the store will be back open when the attack is over.

Venezuela’s president says there are no threats against his stores or those who work there.

On Wednesday, a U-2 spy plane flew over Caracas, the capital, and took off a video feed from a plane circling the region.

The plane was flying over a military base where Venezuela’s military is deployed.

Videos and photos posted on social media showed a man, possibly a soldier, standing outside the supermarket, which is a popular gathering spot for Venezuelans to eat.

A military spokesman later said the man was killed.

In a separate incident, the Venezuelan military said in a statement that two military helicopters dropped bombs near a military checkpoint in the capital of Caracas on Tuesday night.

A U.N. spokeswoman said the U.K. government has called for an investigation into the incident.

In another attack on Wednesday afternoon, a rocket exploded near a presidential guard post in the northern city of Valencia.

No casualties were reported.