Moment Drone Bomb Explodes In President Assassination Attempt

Explosive drones detonate in 'assassination attempt' on Venezuelan president

Interior Minister Reverol said six "terrorists and hired killers" had been arrested, several vehicles seized and hotels raided.

Reverol said the "assassination" attempt was carried out by two remotely operated drones and each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4 - "capable of causing effective damage over a 50-meter (164 feet) radius". Seven people were injured, the country's information minister said.

One of the suspects had an outstanding arrest warrant for involvement in a 2017 attack on a military base that killed two people, Reverol said, an incident that followed four months of anti-government protests.

The government alleged that opposition factions conspired with assailants in Miami and Bogota, although they offered no specific evidence.

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

According to The South China Morning Post, a senior Colombian official called the accusation "baseless", while the U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton denied the nation's involvement.

"I hope the Trump administration is willing to fight terrorist groups that commit attacks in peaceful countries in our continent, in this case Venezuela".

Venezuelan cartoonist EDO published a drawing showing terrified soldiers fleeing under the tagline "Run Forrest, the Empire is invading us!", in allusion to the film "Forrest Gump" where Tom Hanks' character jogs across the United States.

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Maduro said some of those involved were arrested and an investigation was under way.

Witnesses said they heard and felt an explosion in the late afternoon, then saw a drone fall out of the sky and hit a nearby building.

The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the anniversary of the national guard.

Meanwhile, the Patriotic Pole coalition of parties allied with the government called for a march on Monday in Caracas to back Maduro.

That image was undermined in the footage of Saturday's chaos, which depicts Maduro's look of shock before the camera cuts away to a wide shot - which, in turn, shows troops breaking ranks to scramble to safety. The former bus driver has moved steadily to consolidate power as the nation struggles to reverse hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund projects could top 1 million percent by year's end.

Still, the government's adversaries warned of a possible crackdown after Maduro accused opponents of seeking to assassinate him with drones.

Open calls for military intervention have grown after massive anti-government protests past year failed to unseat Maduro and he was re-elected in a May vote widely decried as a sham.

"Venezuela will continue on the democratic, independent and socialist path", Maduro said. Maduro won a new six-year term in May but his main rivals disavowed the election and alleged massive irregularities.

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