Explosive drones detonate in 'attempt' on Venezuelan president

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maruro survived an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday, according to reports.

Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the National Guard. State television in Venezuela showed President Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech on Saturday, causing hundreds of soldiers present to break ranks and scatter. There is no official word yet as to what occurred.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez called the incident an "attack" against the country's leader, but said Maduro had escaped unharmed.

"We are going to bet for the good of our country", Maduro declared triumphantly moments before the sound of an explosion pierced the air.

No group has said it was behind the alleged assassination attempt.




Local media are reporting the explosion came from a nearby residential building. Larissa Costas later tweeted that seven soldiers were injured during the attack.

Venezuela, a once-wealthy oil nation, is in the grips of a five-year crisis under President Maduro's socialist government. He said various drones carried out the attack but didn't say who might have deployed them or explain if the drones had dropped bombs or been used as missiles against Mr.

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

Several military personnel who were lined up on Avenue Bolivar during the speech were seen looking up then breaking rank and running.

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