Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro speech cut short after apparent ‘drone’ attack

Aaron Brown
August 5, 2018

Firefighters at the scene were disputing the government's account, AP said.

Mr. Maduro was unharmed, but the explosions triggered by the drones injured seven soldiers participating in a military-style parade honoring the National Guard in the capital of Caracas, said Jorge Rodriguez, the information minister.

Smoke could be seen coming out of a building window at the site of the incident.

Mr. Maduro, who has governed a country suffering from hyperinflation, hunger and rampant violence, is deeply unpopular, polls show. Maduro was saying before the cameras quickly moved away from him.

In the midst of near-daily protests a year ago, a rogue police officer flew a stolen helicopter over the capital and launched grenades at several government buildings. Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces in January.

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While Maduro was speaking about Venezuela's economy, the audio suddenly went and he and others on the podium looked up, startled.

The event was taking place on Bolivar de Caracas Avenue when the live television transmission was abruptly cut at 5:46 p.m. local time.

Maduro was standing next to his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials for the event.

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

Images being shared on social media showed officers surrounding Maduro with what appeared to be a black bullet-proof barrier as they escorted him from the site.

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