Drone Carrying Explosives Almost Assassinates Venezuela’s President

Drone Carrying Explosives Almost Assassinates Venezuela’s President

Drone Carrying Explosives Almost Assassinates Venezuela’s President

Reverol says it was a pair of commercial drone aircraft, each carrying about two pounds of C4 explosive material, that bore down on the ceremony.

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

Over the weekend, there was an assassination attempt on Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro. The audio from the clip then disappears, although two loud explosions were reported. "The preliminary investigation indicates that many of those responsible for the attack, the financiers and planners, live in the United States in the state of Florida", Maduro said.

"It was an attack to kill me, they tried to assassinate me today", Maduro said in a later state broadcast, speaking of a "flying object (that) exploded in front of me".

While he told listeners: "To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come as we need".

The suspects launched two drones laden with explosives over an outdoor rally Maduro was holding in downtown Caracas to commemorate the National Guard, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Bolton said that if Venezuela had "hard information" of a potential violation of USA law, "we will take a serious look at it".

"I have no doubt that everything points to the right, the Venezuelan ultra-right", Maduro said on Saturday night.

That is consistent with the shadowy group that claimed responsibility for the attack, The National Movement of Soldiers in T-Shirts, whose website says it was created in 2014 to bring together different groups of protesters.

Elsewhere, Maduro's allies Cuba and Bolivia condemned the incident.

It has the makings of a Hollywood film: a head of state dodging an assassination attempt from a drone.

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"We are determined, determined to defend our homeland, our constitution, our democracy, our institutions", he said.

One of the main avenues in the capital Caracas was sealed off, commemorative videos for the National Guard's 81st anniversary flashed on a big screen, and a suited Maduro with a yellow, blue and red presidential sash spoke surrounded by the military's top brass.

Colombia also rejected Maduro's "absurd" accusation of involvement.

Maduro is deeply unpopular because of Venezuela's collapsed economy, hyperinflation that could reach 1 million percent this year and his autocratic style of governing.

Bolton noted that Maduro has a history of baselessly blaming Santos and the USA for incidents in Venezuela.

Moscow sided with Maduro's regime after his government faced worldwide isolation when close to 130 people were killed in anti-regime protests a year ago.

"Venezuela will continue on the democratic, independent and socialist path", he said.

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