Jordan Kirkland - August 8th, 2018
Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination attempt after officials claim that drones armed with explosives were detonated near the leader of Venezuela.
The attempt was made while Maduro was speaking at an anniversary event for the National Guard in Caracas. The drones were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers, officials said.
The drones did not reach Maduro, so it is unclear if they were shot down or exploded beforehand. It has been reported than seven people have sustained injuries. No other injuries or fatalities have been reported.
As for the President Maduro, he believes the explosions were a failed attempt by backed by the Colombian government – adding fuel to an ongoing fire between the two nations. Though both nations share similar histories, their relationship has been strained over a maritime territory dispute.
Currently, six arrests have been made by the Venezuelan government.