Venezuelan President survives drone attack

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones. BBC News reports:

Mr Maduro was speaking at an military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of Mr Maduro’s speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – startled – and dozens of soldiers running away. Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack – something denied by Bogota as a “baseless” accusation. Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said.

What is known about the alleged attack?

The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at the event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. Two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said. Mr Maduro later said in a national address: “A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion. Seconds later there was a second explosion.”

Photos on social media showed bodyguards protecting Mr Maduro with bulletproof shields after the alleged attack. Mr Maduro accused neighbouring Colombia and elements within the US of instigating “a right-wing plot” to kill him. [. . .]

For full article, see https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45073385

See related article and video at https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2018/aug/05/explosion-goes-off-during-speech-by-venezuelan-president-video

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