Venezuela President Maduro ‘survives drone attack’
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones.
Mr Maduro was speaking at an military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred.
Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack – something denied by Bogota as a “baseless” accusation.
Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said.
Two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said.
Mr Maduro later said in a national address: “A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion. Seconds later there was a second explosion.”
Photos on social media showed bodyguards protecting Mr Maduro with bulletproof shields after the alleged attack.