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Venezuela's Maduro: Drone Attack Was Attempt to Kill Him

Venezuela's Maduro: Drone Attack Was Attempt to Kill Him – Associated Press

CARACAS, VENEZUELA - Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt that took place while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials said.

Caught by surprise midspeech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced at the sound of the explosion.

“That drone came after me,” he said. “But there was a shield of love that always protects us. I’m sure I’ll live for many more years.”

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the incident took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. as Maduro was celebrating the National Guard’s 81st anniversary. The visibly shaken head of state said he saw a “flying device” that exploded before his eyes. He thought it might be a pyrotechnics display in honor of the event.

“This was an attempt to kill me,” he said later in an impassioned retelling of the events. “Today they attempted to assassinate me.” …

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