Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt after what officials described as drones armed with explosives detonated overhead during a speech he was making at a military event, The Guardian reports.
The drones, according to officials, were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers in Caracas on Saturday.
Mid-speech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced after hearing the sound of an explosion. The drones did not reach him, officials said, but it was not clear if they were shot down or exploded prematurely. Seven people were injured, the country’s information minister said.
Jorge Rodríguez said: “The investigation clearly reveals [the explosions] came from drone-like devices that carried explosives.”
The panic was captured in a live broadcast of the parade and speech, with Maduro and other officials looking to the sky from the podium while talking about the economy. Loud bangs could be heard in the background. The audio then went out and the camera panned to scores of soldiers scattering from formation before the broadcast was abruptly cut.