Venezuela's President Maduro Survives Military Parade Attack


In a later development, journalist Andrew Connell claimed that Rodriguez, the minister, confirmed that Maduro would shortly commence another emergency address.

In a statement obtained by el Nuevo Herald, the group acknowledged the failure of what it called "The Phoenix Operation" action, which played out on state TV. Another clip shows military members running away. "The hour of the economy recovery has come".

Media reports say during the speech Maduro and other officials suddenly looked upwards with startled expressions.

Rodriguez said Maduro was not injured, but seven national guardsmen were wounded.

Mr Maduro was speaking in the capital Caracas on Saturday during a celebration of the National Guard's 81st anniversary when two blasts were heard at 5.40pm (10.40pm BST).

A speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro commemorating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivian National Guard was unexpectedly cut short on Saturday. "Investigations show clearly that flying artifacts or drones containing explosive material exploded near the presidential stage".

FIn this May 24, 2018, photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro watches a military parade in Caracas, Venezuela.

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

However, firefighters near the scene are disputing the government's version of events.

During a live television broadcast, Maduro interrupted his speech due to a nearby explosion.

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

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