Published: 2018-08-05 12:30
Last Updated: 2018-08-05 13:28
Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, survived an assassination attempt while attending an outdoor military parade in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, on Saturday, August 4, 2018.
The assassins, who remotely piloted multiple armed-drones towards the Presidential podium, failed to hit their target. However, the explosion resulted in seven injured people who were near the President at time of the attack, CNN reported.
The Venezuelan state-run news channel, VTV, live broadcasted the Caracas parade. While addressing the public, Maduro’s voice was suddenly cut. His wife, who was standing beside him, had her eyes fixed up with a shocked look on her eyes. Later, a different angle showed soldiers and National Guards running left and right.
From the Presidential Palace, Maduro appeared a couple of hours in a televised speech addressing his nation. Confirming that he is well and unharmed.
Maduro publically announced that authorities were able to identify and arrest the assassinators involved. Adding that the Colombian President Juan Manuel is, according to Maduro, the person behind the attack.
Santos’ spokesperson denied the accusation, calling it baseless. “The President is focused on the baptism of his granddaughter event and not on bringing down foreign governments” he added.
Ties between the two countries have always been tense. In the past, Santos referred to Maduro as a dictator who is negatively affecting Venezuela’s economic and political state.