Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro survives drone attack, minister says

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro survives drone attack, minister says

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro survives drone attack, minister says

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

Venezuela's worldwide government broadcaster, TeleSUR, said on Twitter that the Venezuelan government confirmed an attempted attack on Maduro.

Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said seven soldiers were injured in the incident.

A senior Colombian official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity said Maduro's accusation was "baseless".

He said the "far right" working in co-ordination with detractors in Bogota and Miami, including Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, were responsible.

Hundreds of soldiers lined up as part of the procession on Avenue Bolivar then began running.

Maduro, who escaped unhurt in the incident, said "everything points" to a right-wing plot against him and also claimed arrests have been made in the case.

While Maduro was speaking about Venezuela's economy, the audio suddenly went.

In a tweet, the president of Venezuela's National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, called the incident at the military parade a "terrorist attack against the president and the high military command blaming the opposition for the violence".

The attack comes as the nation struggles with an economic crisis.

A previously unknown group has claimed responsibility for an attempted attack on Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro. Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces in January.

The organization did not respond to a message from The Associated Press seeking more information. The commotion was caused by a gas tank explosion, they said. "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 country's economic turmoil compares to Germany's after World War I and Zimbabwe's at the beginning of the last decade, International Monetary Fund officials said, adding that Venezuela's economic contraction ranks among the world's deepest in six decades.

Photographs on social media appeared to show bodyguards shielding Maduro with black bulletproof panels.

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