Venezuela detains 6, hunts more in drone attack on Maduro

Mail Online | 8/6/2018 | Associated Press;Keith Griffith For Dailymail.com
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Investigators hunting for assailants behind an alleged failed attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones have raided hotels and seized vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of the plot.

Venezuela's socialist government alleged Sunday that the detained suspects conspired with others in Miami and the capital of neighboring Colombia, though they offered no specific evidence.

Reports - Explosion - Saturday - Fire - Officials

There have been conflicting reports of the explosion on Saturday, with some fire officials saying they believe it was a gas tank explosion.

In a press conference on Sunday, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said two drones, each packed with 2.2 pounds of C-4 plastic explosive, were flown toward Maduro, his wife and other top leaders as the president spoke to hundreds of troops during an event celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard.

Drones - Maduro - Front - Reverol

One of the drones was intended to explode above Maduro and the other was to detonate directly in front of him, Reverol said.

The military managed to knock one of the drones off course electronically and the other craft crashed into an apartment building two blocks away, Reverol said.

Video - Purporting - Explosions - Monday - Drone

Video purporting to be of one of the explosions emerged on Monday. It shows a drone in the sky exploding in a fireball as audio of Maduro's speech is heard in the background. However, the authenticity of the video could not be independently verified.

Other videos and photos show Maduro and his aides reacting to an apparent explosion, however those images do not show a drone.

'We - Terrorists - Assassins - Reverol - Hours

'We have six terrorists and assassins detained,' Reverol said. 'In the next hours there could be more arrests.'

Reverol said two of those arrested had previous run-ins with the government, although he did not give their names.

Part - Protests - Venezuela - Crisis

He said one took part in 2014 anti-government protests that rocked Venezuela as it descended deeper into an economic crisis that...
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