Several drones carrying explosives have been used in an attempt to attack Venezuela President Maduro and other government officials.
It occurred during the middle of a speech he was giving commemorating the Bolivarian National Guard’s 81st anniversary.
Maduro and his wife, who was standing next to him, were unharmed. However seven national guard officers involved in the parade were injured and treated in hospital.
After the explosions, bodyguards immediately protected Maduro with ballistic shields and the broadcast was cut according to local media.
Later in the day, unofficial reports from officials and statements from firefighters from the scene claimed that a gas tank located in a building had exploded during the rally. The explosion caught part of the building on fire and had to be put out.
In a televised address to the nation two hours after the incident, Maduro stated that an investigation had been opened immediately and a number of those connected to the attack had been apprehended and charged.
He also laid blame on extreme right-wing elements in his own country acting together with extreme right-wing elements in neighbouring Colombia, and specifically named President Juan Manuel Santos as being behind it. A spokesperson for Santos promptly denied the accusations.