Venezuela says explosions were an attack on President Maduro


Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, survived an "attack" during a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard in Caracas on Saturday.

In the video below, shared on Twitter by Walla foreign affairs editor Guy Elster, Madura is seen on the podium speaking with the crowd about Venezuela's economy. He said people heard explosions that corresponded to drones and heard drones detonate near a parade for the occasion.

Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the attempted assassination targeted not only Maduro, but rather the military's entire high command on stage with the president.

Venezuelan state television images showed Maduro looking up disconcertedly in the middle of a speech having heard a bang, before members of the country's National Guard lined up in the parade suddenly scattered.

He said Maduro was safe and in a meeting with his Cabinet and top military officials, and that the wounded men were being treated.

The US and other countries have expressed alarm at the loyalist structure propping up Maduro, saying Venezuelan democracy was being undermined.

The camera then panned to scores of soldiers who started running, before the transmission was cut.

Firefighters at the scene of the blast disputed the government's version of events.

Maduro is a former bus driver who rose up through trade unions and served under President Hugo Chavez, assuming power after his death in 2013 and consolidating it in a special election.

The attack comes as the nation struggles with an economic crisis. The Associated Press could not independently verify the authenticity of the message. "We didn't have success today, but it's just a question of time", said the group, which says it was founded in 2014 to bring together all of Venezuela's "groups of resistance". The group said that it had planned to fly two drones but snipers shot them down. The officer was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces. He said far-right wing factions within Venezuela working in collaboration with conspirators in Colombia's Bogota and Miami in the United States were responsible.

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