Venezuela says it has ID'd mastermind, accomplices in apparent Maduro assassination try

Nicolas Maduro

Venezeula's interior minister, Néstor Reverol said the arrested individuals were involved in loading two drones with explosives, and attempted to carry out an attack against Mr Maduro. Reverol said he doesn't rule out further arrests. Colombia called the claim absurd and said it had become "customary for Maduro to blame Colombia for any kind of problem in his country". In this case, Maduro wasn't targeted by a lone gunman or any person at all - his "attacker" was a pair of explosive-carrying drones. The type of drone used for the attacks was a DJI M600. "Not only are they confessing, the government has also been able to examine the material that was in their possession, as well as some of the electronic devices they had, including cell phones and computers".

The incident took place as Maduro was speaking at a commemoration of the of the Venezuelan national guard, which featured a military parade.

Television footage showed Mr Maduro, 55, looking up from a podium as loud bangs were heard at an event in Caracas, the capital, on...

Both drones did explode, and while Maduro escaped unscathed, the attack injured seven soldiers, according to Venezuelan authorities.

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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.

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

"In Venezuela's inflation-hit economy, a single U.S. dollar can buy 3.5 million liters of gasoline - an absurdity that the government says it will tackle with a hike in the cost of state-subsidized fuel", writes the AFP. "On Saturday, I was doing more important things, baptizing my heavenly granddaughter". Ivan Duque takes over as the Colombian President this week.

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