Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores attend a military event in Caracas, Venezuela, August 4, 2018. The transmission then cut off. There is no official word yet as to what occurred.

He and the rest of the government escaped unharmed in what Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said was an "attack" against the leftist leader.

Televised footage of the event showed the president speaking at an outdoor military event when he pauses and looks up to the sky.

Earlier, various reports by global media outlets had indicated that this was an assassination attempt on Maduro.

Camacho says that several members of the Venezuelan National Guard were injured during the incident. Larissa Costas later tweeted that seven soldiers were injured during the attack.

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According to a report at the Washington Post, firefighters on the scene are disputing the government's version of the events. Writing on Twitter, he said: "We strongly repudiate a new aggression and cowardly attack on Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian people".

Mr Maduro is expected to address the nation soon.

The explosions forced the president to cut a speech short as hundreds of soldiers broke rank in fear.

Three local authorities who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment near the site of Maduro's speech.

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