Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Venezuela arrests 6 over drone explosions during Maduro speech

Venezuela arrests 6 over drone explosions during Maduro speech

Maduro blamed it on the far-right opposition in his country as well as neighboring Colombia.

Colombia said the accusation was "baseless".

The foreign ministry in Damascus condemned "in the strongest possible terms the assassination attempt. which aimed at undermining the security and stability of the country".

"It is contrary to military honour to keep in government those who not only have forgotten the Constitution, but who have also made public office an obscene way to get rich", the group said in a statement, which was passed to US-based opposition journalist Patricia Poleo, who read it on her YouTube channel.

The Broad Front opposition alliance issued a statement accusing the government or leaping to the assumption the explosions were an assassination attempt and of making "irresponsible" accusations without any proof.

"We are determined, determined to defend our homeland, our constitution, our democracy, our institutions", he said.

He said one drone flew over the tribune where Maduro was giving a speech but that it became "disoriented by signal-inhibiting equipment" and was thus "activated outside the assassins' planned perimeter".

Nearby residents told The Associated Press that they saw a drone crash into a building and explode blocks from where Maduro was speaking in Caracas.

"He will use it to concentrate power", Smilde said.

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A group called the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" claimed responsibility for the attack, Reuters reported.

In an address to the nation Saturday night, a visibly shaken Maduro recalled seeing a "flying device" that exploded.

Reverol said he doesn't rule out further arrests.

Rodriguez said there was "an explosive charge. detonated close to the presidential podium" and in several other spots along the parade held in central Caracas.

USA national security advisor John Bolton insisted Sunday that there was "no USA government involvement" and even suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that the incident could have been "a pretext set up by the regime itself".

Apparently in response, Bolton said, "If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of USA criminal law, we'll take a serious look at it". The AP could not independently verify the authenticity of the message.

Amid deadly, near-daily protests a year ago, a rogue police officer flew a stolen helicopter over the capital and launched grenades at several government buildings.

"The few opposition voices remaining in Venezuela would be the first targets, as well as the citizens who support those opponents", Andrade said. Oscar Perez and several comrades were later killed in a gun battle after over six months at large. "The hour of the economy recovery has come". Bodyguards then rush to shield Maduro, and another video angle shows soldiers fleeing the scene in a panic. "But there was a shield of love that always protects us".

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