Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Venezuela says explosions an attack on Maduro

Venezuela says explosions an attack on Maduro

A version purporting to explain the loud blasts and resulting chaos during Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro speech has emerged, contradicting the official account of the events.

Venezuelan officials say that President Nicolás Maduro has escaped an "attack" unharmed.

Maduro said he is blaming far-right factions in Venezuela for what he described as an assassination attempt. Bodyguards escorted Maduro out of the event and television footage showed uniformed soldiers standing in formation quickly scattering from the scene.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has survived an apparent attack on his life during a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard in the capital, Caracas.

The minister said seven people were injured and are being treated for unspecified injuries at hospitals. "The name of Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack ... the initial investigations point to Bogota", Maduro said.

Dozens of soldiers were seen running away before the broadcast was halted.

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"After losing the vote, they failed again", Mr Rodriguez said.

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

The attack comes as the nation struggles with an economic crisis.

Adding to the confusion, a previously unknown group calling itself Soldiers in T-shirts claimed responsibility, saying it planned to fly two drones loaded with explosives at the president, but government soldiers shot them down before reaching its target. The government blamed the attack on Colombia and the USA state of Florida, which is inhabited by many exiled Venezuelans.

He also warned the opposition that investigations will get the bottom of the alleged attack, "whoever falls" in the process. The Associated Press could not independently verify the authenticity of the message. The officer was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces.

Photographs on social media appeared to show bodyguards shielding Maduro with black bulletproof panels. "We didn't have success today, but it's just a question of time", it said.

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