Venezuela explosion: President Maduro targeted with DRONES as explosions hit Caracas event

Venezuela explosion: President Maduro targeted with DRONES as explosions hit Caracas event

Venezuela explosion: President Maduro targeted with DRONES as explosions hit Caracas event

Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the National Guard.

Venezuela's vice president for communications, Jorge Rodriguez, later addressed the nation on live TV at the request of Maduro.

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

State television Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech, causing hundreds of soldiers present to break ranks and scatter.

Seven National Guard soldiers were injured, Mr Rodriguez added.

The drones, loaded with explosives, detonated near the presidential box. "The hour of the economy recovery has come".

Three officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case say the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment.

According to a report at the Washington Post, firefighters on the scene are disputing the government's version of the events.

Maduro has steadily moved to concentrate power as the nation reels from a crippling economic crisis.

Last year, rogue police officer Oscar Perez hijacked a helicopter and fired at government buildings in what he said was an action against a dictator. Maduro's voice could be heard saying "let's go to the right". Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces in January.

The transmission was then cut off.

A previously unknown group has claimed responsibility for an attempted attack on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

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