Six people have been arrested in Venezuela for involvement in an apparent assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro.
The country’s Home Minister said they were part of a group that loaded two drones with explosives and set them off during a military parade in the capital Caracas.
Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying “several vehicles have been seized and hotel raids carried out in Caracas where important information was collected.”
The incident happened when President Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the anniversary of the National Guard. Two drones loaded with explosives reportedly went off near the president’s stand. Seven soldiers were injured.
President Maduro has warned the perpetrators face “maximum punishment”. Maduro accused neighbouring Colombia and elements within the US… of instigating a plot to kill him. Colombia said the accusation was “baseless”, US also denied any involvement, adding that it could be “a pretext set up by the regime itself”. The government has also pointed the finger at the opposition, prompting fears of a new crackdown.
(With Inputs from Agencies)