Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

by Garry Watts August 5, 2018, 4:29
Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

Maduro and those standing around him, including Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, were fine.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has survived an assassination attempt at a military event in Caracas.

Soldiers lined up for the event broke ranks, and the transmission of the event abruptly ended.

"To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come and we need...", Maduro was saying before the cameras quickly moved away from him.

A speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro commemorating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivian National Guard was unexpectedly cut short on Saturday.

Venezuelan officials say explosive drones went off as President Nicolás Maduro was giving a live televised speech in Caracas, but he is unharmed.

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Video from state television shows Maduro, wearing his presidential banner, speaking about the economy when he hears a noise.

Earlier, various reports by worldwide media outlets had indicated that this was an assassination attempt on Maduro.

However, seven members of the Venzuelan national guard were injured and are being treated, Mr Rodriguez said.

After the explosions, the Caracas fire service said there was a building on fire in central Caracas. Writing on Twitter, he said: "We strongly repudiate a new aggression and cowardly attack on Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian people".

According to a report at the Washington Post, firefighters on the scene are disputing the government's version of the events.

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