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VIDEOS show Maduro’s speech cut midway by explosion, panic ensues

VIDEOS show Maduro’s speech cut midway by explosion, panic ensues

According to officials, the explosions detonated while Maduro was delivering a televised speech at an event in the capital Caracas to mark the 81st anniversary of the Venezuelan army. The audio then went. The soldiers lined up in front of Maduro can be seen breaking ranks and running before the transmission was cut.

Elster tweeted, "Unconfirmed reports say it was an assassination attempt of Maduro by a drone, unclear if there is any casualties in this incident".

"President Nicolas Maduro asked me to inform the country about what is happening and extend peace to everyone", Rodriguez said.

Maduro said he believed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was also responsible.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro attends a military parade to celebrate the 206th anniversary of Venezuela's independence in Caracas, Venezuela, July 5, 2017.

However, Rodriguez said seven soldiers were injured in what he described as an attempt on Maduro's life.

Local media are reporting the explosion came from a nearby residential building.

The drones, loaded with explosives, detonated near the presidential box. The live television transmission was cut off without explanation. Maduro was saying before the cameras quickly moved away from him.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the alleged attack.

Firefighters near the scene have disputed Mr Rodriguez's version of events.

Venezuela is going through a crippling political and economic crisis, with hyperinflation soaring toward 1,000,000 per cent, crumbling hospitals and residents migrating in massive numbers.