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Explosive drones detonate in 'attempt' on Venezuelan president

05 August 2018

A televised speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military ceremony was abruptly cut short on Saturday after explosions were reportedly heard nearby.

"This is an attack against President Nicolas Maduro", Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said following the incident that was caught during a live broadcast.

As Maduro spoke of Venezuela's economy, the audio suddenly went off, and he and others on the podium suddenly looked up, startled.

Several military personnel who were lined up on Avenue Bolivar during the speech were seen looking up then breaking rank and running.

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

Venezuelan blogger Larissa Costas has tweeted that Maduro is "well".

After the explosions, the Caracas fire service said there was a building on fire in central Caracas.

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Security members protect Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after his speech was interrupted in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 4, 2018.

The minister said seven people were injured and are being treated for unspecified injuries at hospitals.

GettyPresident Nicholas Maduro pictured prior to make his address.

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. The transmission was cut without explanation.

In the statement to el Nuevo, the group claiming responsibility said the military's goals were not achieved.

Several firefighters at the scene are disputing the government's version of events.

This report was supplemented with material from The Associated Press.

Explosive drones detonate in 'attempt' on Venezuelan president