Venezuelan President survives apparent drone assassination attempt

Guards provided cover for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro after drone’s bombs detonated as he spoke

Venezuela's president was in the middle of his speech at a military commemoration in Caracas when two explosions were heard, causing soldiers to scatter.

Maduro was speaking at a celebration of the 81st anniversary of the National Guard, when detonations from "various drones" near the presidential area and along the parade route occurred, Jorge Rodriguez, the Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information, said on Venezuelan state television.

Firefighters at the scene, however, told the Associated Press that the culprit was a gas tank explosion in a neighboring apartment building.

Meanwhile, president Maduro said that those responsible will face "maximum punishment, and assured that he remains " more determined than ever to follow the path of the revolution".

One showed a cellphone video of a drone hovering over a residential street two blocks away and then crashing into a building.

Police arrested the drone pilot, the witness said.

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The attack highlights Maduro's challenges in maintaining control over the OPEC nation, where widespread food and medicine shortages have fuelled outrage.

"We demonstrated that they are vulnerable".

Maduro on Saturday seemed to blame Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, while also suggesting those behind the attacks live in the United States.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel and his predecessor Raul Castro "strongly condemn the attempted attack against President Nicolas Maduro", the Cuban foreign ministry said on its Twitter account.

Maduro, who has a history of accusing US forces of conspiring against him, did not provide any evidence for his claims.

In the midst of near-daily protests past year, a rogue police officer flew a stolen helicopter over the capital and launched grenades at several government buildings.

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Prosecutors have already launched their investigation and obtained critical details from the suspects in custody, said Saab, adding that he would give more details Monday.

Maduro often accuses the opposition and the United States of working together to topple him.

"The few opposition voices remaining in Venezuela would be the first targets, as well as the citizens who support those opponents", Andrade said.

Adding to the confusion, a little known 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 authenticity of the message could not be independently verified, and the organization did not respond to a message from the AP.

No drones could be seen in the television broadcast, which showed bodyguards jumping in front of Maduro to protect him with flexible ballistic shields.

'Whoever did this, he'll use it to further restrict liberty and purge the government and armed forces, ' he said. "I went to the balcony and I saw the little plane.it hit the building and smoke started to come out".

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