Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro 'survives' alleged drone assassination attempt

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro 'survives' alleged drone assassination attempt

A televised speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military ceremony was abruptly cut short on Saturday after explosions were reportedly heard nearby.

"We are going to bet for the good of our country", Maduro declared triumphantly moments before the sound of an explosion pierced the air. The agency's report says that "the camera panned to scores of soldiers who started running".

Seven soldiers were injured but President Maduro was taken to safety.

"The event is evidence of desperation of ultraright leaders who, being defeated politically, continue to resort to criminal practices, and they have failed once again", Rodriguez said.

The president was speaking at an event celebrating the Venezuela National Guard's 81st anniversary.

Witnesses said the Venezuelan president was apparently attacked by several explosive laden drones on Saturday.

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He added that "several" drones loaded with explosive charges "detonated near the presidential platform".

Smoke could be seen coming out of a building window at the site of the incident. The live television transmission was cut off without explanation.

Maduro has steadily moved to concentrate power as the nation reels from a crippling economic crisis. Maduro's voice could be heard saying "let's go to the right".

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

In the statement to el Nuevo, the group claiming responsibility said the military's goals were not achieved.

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