THIS is the moment Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro survived an apparent assassination attempt using drones laden with explosives as he addressed a military parade.
Hundreds of soldiers broke ranks and sprinted for cover as blasts rang out over the capital Caracas. Seven soldiers were hurt.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has survived an apparent assassination attempt using drones laden with explosives
The explosions cut short a televised speech by the president during the National Guard’s 81 anniversary celebration.
Mr Maduro – blamed for the impoverished country’s crippling inflation and shortages of basic goods – was unharmed.
Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez condemned it as an attempted attack on the President’s life.
He said: “At exactly 5:41 p.m. in the afternoon several explosions were heard. The investigation clearly reveals they came from drone-like devices that carried explosives.”
This is the moment hundreds of soldiers break ranks and scatter at the event
Celia Flores is seen wincing, and both she and Maduro look up after an unidentified sound
Wearing a presidential banner, Maduro was speaking on a podium alongside his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials.
He told the crowds: “To the conscious Venezuela, we are going to bet for the good of our country, the hour of the economic recovery has come and we need….”
Maduro then stops and looks up in the air in horror and Cilia recoils in horror.
AFP or licensors Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, centre, before a loud bang interrupted his speech during the military ceremony
EPA Maduro cut short his speech and was reportedly evacuated
AFP or licensors Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during the ceremony