Venezuelan President Unharmed After Assassination Attempt By Explosive Drones


Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas, Venezuela, July 5, 2017.

CARACAS, Venezuela Assailants tried to attack Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with drone-like devices armed with explosives that detonated just as the socialist leader was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers, the government said Saturday. Maduro's speech was abruptly cut short and soldiers could be seen breaking ranks and scattering.

Rodriguez says that Maduro will make televised a speech soon.

Venezuelan government officials condemned what they said were "terrorist" attacks on Saturday.

In a later development, journalist Andrew Connell claimed that Rodriguez, the minister, confirmed that Maduro would shortly commence another emergency address.

He said Maduro was safe and in a meeting with his Cabinet and top military officials, and that the wounded men were being treated. "Investigations show clearly that flying artifacts or drones containing explosive material exploded near the presidential stage".

Seven members of the Venezuelan National Guard were reportedly injured in the attack.

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Smoke could be seen coming out a building window.

Mr Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to foment a "coup" to topple him.

Since assuming office in 2013, Mr Maduro's administration has drawn widespread condemnation from a string of nations worldwide for undermining democracy and violating human rights in his country.

The transmission was cut without an explanation.

Photographs on social media appeared to show bodyguards shielding Maduro with black bulletproof panels.

His opponents paint him as a ruthless autocrat who detains his political rivals on overly harsh charges pressed by a judiciary under his party's control, while his followers say he is protecting the country from another coup.

Last year, the president said the new body replaced the elected legislature. Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces.