Venezuela's Maduro target of drone 'attack,' but unharmed: government

Maduro's broadcast was cut short after the explosion was heard in the vicinity that, according to Rodriguez, left seven National Guard soldiers injured.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro watches a military parade, alongside his Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, behind, at Fort Tiuna in Caracas, Venezuela.

Mr Maduro was seen speaking at an outdoor military event when he and others suddenly looked upwards - startled.

Reuters reports that the controversial president was giving a speech about Venezuela's economy as well as celebrating the national guard's 81st anniversary.

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said in a live broadcast Saturday that several drone-like devices with explosives detonated near the president.

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The head of state was standing on a stage alongside his wife and high ranking members of the military.

The authorities confirmed the incident was an attempted assassination.

Firefighters near the scene have disputed Mr Rodriguez's version of events.

Venezuela, a once-wealthy oil nation, is in the grips of a five-year crisis under President Maduro's socialist government.

After the explosions, the Caracas fire service said there was a building on fire in central Caracas. He said various drones carried out the attack but didn't say who might have deployed them or explain if the drones had dropped bombs or been used as missiles against Mr. The camera then panned to scores of soldiers who started running, before the transmission was cut.

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