Caracas drone explosion 'attack on Venezuela President Maduro' - government

The attack came as Maduro celebrated the National Guard's 81st anniversary, said Rodriguez.

Two drones loaded with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro today, authorities have confirmed.

Maduro said he is blaming far-right factions in Venezuela for what he described as an assassination attempt.

Maduro "came out of it completely unharmed and at this moment is carrying out his normal duties and is in permanent contact with senior political officials, with ministers and with senior military chiefs", Rodriguez said.

After the explosions, the Caracas fire service said there was a building on fire in central Caracas.

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas, Venezuela, July 5, 2017. "Investigations show clearly that flying artifacts or drones containing explosive material exploded near the presidential stage".

According to a report at the Washington Post, firefighters on the scene are disputing the government's version of the events.

Venezuela's government routinely accuses opposition activists of plotting to attack and overthrow Maduro, a deeply unpopular leader who was recently elected to a new term in office in a vote decried by dozens of nations. Maduro was saying before the cameras quickly moved away from him. Perez was hunted down and killed by Venezuelan forces in January.

The large crowd then dissipates as explosions are heard in the distance before the footage is cut short.

A National Guard captain, Juan Carlos Caguaripano, early previous year attacked a military base with a group of current and former military officials.

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