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Maduro: 'They Tried to Assassinate Me' With a Drone

Venezuelan leader blames drone strike on far-right plot
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2018 5:37 AM CDT
'They Tried to Assassinate Me:' Maduro
Security personnel surround Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, at left, as he was giving a speech in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. Drones armed with explosives detonated near Maduro as he gave a speech to hundreds of soldiers in Caracas on Saturday but he was unharmed.   (Xinhua via AP)

(Newser) – "This was an assassination attempt, they tried to assassinate me," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in blaming a drone attack Saturday on a far-right plot. As Reuters reports, an explosives-laden drone detonated at a military event in Caracas as Maduro was speaking, leaving the leftist leader unharmed but injuring seven members of Venezuela's National Guard.

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The event was to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the National Guard. Maduro said he saw a "flying device" that he thought might be part of a fireworks display in his honor; the AP describes him as "visibly shaken" after two explosions were heard. Maduro is blaming rightist detractors he says are linked to Colombia and Florida; he says some "material authors" of the attack are in custody. (Read more Nicolas Maduro stories.)

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