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Venezuela’s government reported Saturday afternoon that several explosions, heard at a speech given by President Nicolas Maduro, were an attempted attack on him.
Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a live broadcast Saturday that several dronelike devices armed with explosives detonated near Maduro during his appearance at a military event, according to The Associated Press.
AP quoted Rodriguez as saying Maduro was safe and unharmed, though seven others were injured.
Firefighters at the scene were disputing the government’s account, AP said.
The article goes on to state the following:
Maduro, according to the wire service’s account of events, was giving a speech in the capital of Caracas during a celebration of the National Guard’s 81st anniversary. He was wearing the presidential banner.
“To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come and we need…” Maduro was saying before the cameras quickly moved away from him.
He was next to his wife and other officials for the event. AP said a video showed his wife, Cilia Florez, appear to wince, and then she and the president both began looking up toward an unidentified sound.
Soldiers lined up for the event broke ranks, and the transmission of the event abruptly ended.
#Venezuela‘s President Nicolas Maduro abruptly cuts speech short.
Hundreds of soldiers scatter after what sounds like explosions.
Heavy cloud of smoke fell over parts of Caracas following supposed detonations. pic.twitter.com/YgYyYgV4Xt
— Mariana_Atencio (@marianaatencio) August 4, 2018
Venezuela’s president was the target of an attempted drone attack, officials said. He was unhurt.https://t.co/Y9xlVHWDPX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 5, 2018
— MV English (@MV_Eng) August 5, 2018
Venezuela government says president is unharmed after being targeted by drone attack https://t.co/DRpFq0ytnC
— Leopoldo Castillo (@elcitizen) August 5, 2018
#Venezuela “We have proof that this was an assassination attempt. They’ve failed.” Venezuela’s Information Min. Rodriguez says Maduro is unharmed following several explosions at a military parade in Caracas. pic.twitter.com/QkH33J35p4
— Radio Dalsan (@DalsanFM) August 5, 2018
Irrespective of whether this was a real assassination attempt or a fake one: expect a massive purge in Venezuela in the coming hours.
— Oliver Stuenkel (@OliverStuenkel) August 5, 2018
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