Venezuela explosion: President Maduro targeted with DRONES as explosions hit Caracas event

Venezuela explosion: President Maduro targeted with DRONES as explosions hit Caracas event

"When we were at the military parade 81st anniversary, at the end of the event in Bolivar Avenue in Caracas, at 5:41 p.m. there was an explosion".

"We are going to bet for the good of our country", Maduro declared triumphantly.

He added that "several" drones loaded with explosive charges "detonated near the presidential platform".

State television Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech, causing hundreds of soldiers present to break ranks and scatter.

Maduro was standing next to his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials for the event broadcast on radio and television.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with government officials at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas Venezuela

Televised footage of the event showed the president speaking at an outdoor military event when he pauses and looks up to the sky. The soldiers lined up in front of Maduro can be seen breaking ranks and running before the transmission was cut.

He said Maduro is safe and unharmed but that seven people were injured. The camera then panned to scores of soldiers who started running, before the transmission was cut.

Venezuela, a once-wealthy oil nation, is in the grips of a five-year crisis under President Maduro's socialist government.

Three local authorities who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment near the site of Maduro's speech.

Firefighters at the scene were disputing the government's account, AP said.

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