Drone like devices carrying explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during his speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas city on Saturday.
Seven people were injured in the attack, which came as Maduro celebrated the National Guard’s 81st anniversary. The Venezuelan President, however, escaped unhurt, according to the government.
Soon after the attack, the Venezuelan Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said that Maduro’s speech was abruptly cut short and the soldiers broke their ranks and scattered in different directions.
“At exactly 5:41 pm in the afternoon several explosions were heard. The investigation clearly reveals they came from drone-like devices that carried explosives,” Rodriguez claims.
However, the claims of the government were dismissed by the firefighters at the spot. They said that the blast occurred due to a gas tank explosion inside an apartment near the site of Maduro’s speech.
This was not the first time the Venezuelan government has claimed an attack on President Maduro. The ruling government in Venezuela had in the past accused the opposition activists of plotting an attack on Maduro, who was recently elected to a new term.