We hear it in Africa all the time; We heard it in Bolivia earlier this year; now it seems to be Hugo
Venezuela weapon cache uncovered; 4 foreigners detained.
At least they didn't call them "Mercenaries" directly; the Justice Minister called them "suspected terrorists" and that one of them was "a member of the military of a European country".
Bah. They could be anything (but likely *not* competent, to have gotten caught up in this). Given the local major illicit export industry, they might well have been hired guns for the Narcos.
Maybe what he really was trying say was "T.I.A." in Spanish.