The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, was giving a speech on Saturday when multiple drones exploded in an apparent attempt to assassinate him. The dramatic moment has been caught on camera.
The President was the target of an assassination attempt by far-right exiles from US and Colombia. He was giving a speech at a military event in the country’s capital, Caracas, and was addressing soldiers when the drones exploded. Armed with explosives, they flew in Maduro’s direction before exploding.
A dramatic video now unveiled shows the president interrupted with the sound of explosion. Maduro looks shocked as multiple guards immediately surround him, covering him with protective shields and leading him to safety.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro unharmed after an assassination attemp by drones pic.twitter.com/AMBZTEu6An
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) August 5, 2018
The drones cannot be seen in the video and it is not clear whether they exploded prematurely. Oddly, while the footage now circulating on social media shows soldiers running in panic while explosions and screams are heard, the state channel that was filming the speech immediately froze and did not cover the attack.
Fortunately, the President escaped unscathed. After the attack, Maduro tweeted, “(Translated) They tried to assassinate me. Thanks to the protective shield of the people and the blessing of God I have come out unscathed and stand and victorious. Ready to continue in battle for the peace and tranquility of Venezuela.”
He also expressed his solidarity with the injured soldiers. He wrote,“My solidarity with the troops of our [wounded soliders]. I pledge to do justice fall who falls!”
Speaking to Dailymail, he said the attack was an attempt to kill him. He also said he believed the Colombian President, Manuel Santos, was behind it. The two presidents have a history of verbally attacking each other, with Santos calling Maduro a dictator and blaming him for economic and political downfall.
“They have tried to assassinate me and everything points to the Venezuelan ultra-right in alliance with the Colombian far right and that the name of [Colombian President] Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack,” Maduro said.
A group called Soldiers Franelas hinted at their involvement in the attack. They posted footage of the explosions, along with a formidable message.
La operación era sobrevolar 2 drones cargados con C4 el objetivo el palco presidencial, francotiradores de la guardia de honor derribaron los drones antes de llegar al objetivo.
Demostramos que son vulnerables, no se logró hoy pero es cuestión de tiempo. #MilitaresPatriotas pic.twitter.com/teIEwygN3S
— Soldados de Franelas (@soldadoDfranela) August 4, 2018
The translated message reads, “The operation was to fly 2 drones loaded with C4 the target the presidential box, snipers of the honor guard shot down the drones before reaching the target. We have shown that [the government] is vulnerable. [The attack] was not achieved today but it is a matter of time [till it is].”