Explosive drones detonate in 'attempt' on Venezuelan president

Saul Bowman
August 5, 2018

"This is an attack against President Nicolas Maduro", Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said following the incident that was caught during a live broadcast.

Explosions from drones in Venezuela during Nicolas Maduro's speech were an attempted attack on the president, the country's government said.

The government says the event was a celebration to mark the 81st anniversary of the country's National Guard.

Saturday's alleged attack comes less than three months after Maduro won a second term as president in an election that his main rivals and independent observers say was marred by fraud.

"The name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack. the initial investigations point to Bogota", Maduro said.

The drones, loaded with explosives, detonated near the presidential box.

The condition of the seven injured is not known but Mr Rodriguez said they were all being treated at a nearby hospital.

Smoke could be seen coming out a building window.

Firefighters near the scene have disputed Mr Rodriguez's version of events.

Maduro has remained in power over Venezuela, a major oil exporting nation, despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis that has seen his country isolated internationally.

"We showed that they are vulnerable", the tweet said.

In the midst of near-daily protests past year, a rogue police officer flew a stolen helicopter over the capital and launched grenades at several government buildings.

The large crowd then dissipates as explosions are heard in the distance before the footage is cut short. Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces. "We didn't have success today, but it's just a question of time", said the group, which says it was founded in 2014 to bring together all of Venezuela's "groups of resistance".

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