Venezuela leader - Colombian counterpart behind assassination bid

Venezuela leader - Colombian counterpart behind assassination bid

Venezuela leader - Colombian counterpart behind assassination bid

Maduro' speech was cut short during the event on Saturday and soldiers were seen running before the televised transmission was cut off.

Venezuela's Information Minister has since told the media that Nicolas Maduro is "fine" and working after the attack, however, several national guard troops were reportedly wounded.

A video shows Celia Flores wince, and both she and Maduro look up after an unidentified sound.

Security personnel surround Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after explosions rang out as he addressed members of the military.

Footage from state TV shows Maduro addressing troops who had gathered for the 81st anniversary of the country's national guard, speaking about the country's economy.

There is also a somewhat conciliatory version on Twitter, which stipulates that at least one of the drones crashed into a nearby building, sparking a fire which the firefighters then went to extinguish.

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"Keep calm, our President Nicolas Maduro is well, as are all the political and military top revolutionary government", head of the Bicentenario Del Pueblo bank Miguel Perez Abad tweeted.

A senior US State Department official travelling with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Indonesia when asked about the reported attack on Maduro said, "We've heard the reports".

The self-described "son" of Chavez, former bus driver Maduro says he is battling an "imperialist" plot to destroy socialism and take over Venezuela's oil. He said people heard explosions that corresponded to drones and heard drones detonate near a parade for the occasion. Maduro accused current Colombian President Santos of being behind the assassination attack with others involved.

Maduro said at no point did he panic, confident the military would protect him.

Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have fled due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that could reach one million percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

"The event is evidence of desperation of ultraright leaders who, being defeated politically, continue to resort to criminal practices, and they have failed once again", Rodriguez said.

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