Venezuela says explosions an attack on Maduro

Venezuela says explosions an attack on Maduro

Venezuela says explosions an attack on Maduro

Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during a ceremony attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in support of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018.

Several drones armed with explosives were detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas Saturday in what a government official termed an "attempt against the president".

The president was speaking at an event celebrating the Venezuela National Guard's 81st anniversary.

State television showed him cutting short a speech as hundreds of soldiers broke ranks and scattered. There is no official word yet as to what occurred.

Seven soldiers were injured but President Maduro was taken to safety.

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"President Nicolas Maduro asked me to inform the country about what is happening and extend peace to everyone", Rodriguez said.

Firefighters at the scene were disputing the government's account, AP said.

The soldiers lined up in ranks then begin running.

Venezuela's government routinely accuses opposition activists of plotting to attack and overthrow Maduro, a deeply unpopular leader who was recently elected to a new term in office in a vote decried by dozens of nations. 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.

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