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Was the assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro real?

Was the assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro real?

Those arrested are accused of "terrorism and assassination", Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said Sunday.

The ultra-inflation took a turn for the worse just hours after a series of drone-controlled explosives attempted to take the life of President Maduro as he addressed a military parade in the nation's capital, Caracas. Reverol said he doesn't rule out further arrests.

Mr Maduro has warned the perpetrators face "maximum punishment", and has blamed Colombia for the incident but did not provide evidence to support his claims.

Attackers used two DJI M600 drones, each carrying a kilogram of C-4 explosive, Reverol said.

Contrary to Reverol's account, Rodriguez said there were three drones: one that exploded in front of the stage, one to the right of it and one near a building to the south of the stage.

The incident took place as Maduro was speaking at a commemoration of the 81st anniversary of the Venezuelan national guard that featured a military parade. Maduro escaped unharmed, but seven National Guard soldiers were injured.

Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government
The BBC said loud bangs could also be heard in the footage. "We are carefully following the situation". The group did not respond to several requests for information from Reuters .

On Sunday, soccer icon Diego Maradona has joined the long list of people who have expressed solidarity with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro following failed drone attack.

Mr Trump's adviser John Bolton stated "unequivocally" "there was no U.S. government involvement in this at all". He also blamed Venezuelans living in the United States.

However, he asserted the "intellectual authors" and financiers behind the plan are resident in Florida.

Santos, meanwhile, tweeted directly to Maduro, saying, "Don't worry".

A spokesperson for the Colombian president, who leaves office on Tuesday said: "The president is focused on the baptism of his granddaughter and not on bringing down foreign governments".

CNN's Stefano Pozzebon reported from Caracas and Eliott C. McLaughlin and Joe Sterling wrote from Atlanta.