6 arrested in "drone attack" against Venezuelan president

Venezuela Maduro

Venezuela Maduro

Venezuela's Constituent Assembly on Wednesday announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Opposition legislators who the government claimed were responsible for the "failed attack" on President Nicolas Maduro, AFP reported.

Maduro had accused Opposition leaders Juan Requesens and Julio Borges of being involved in the attack.

They have blamed a plot involving Julio Borges, Colombia and other opposition lawmakers, financed by unnamed figures in the U.S. state of Florida.

During a nationally televised address to Venezuelan troops on Saturday, Maduro was unhurt when explosives-laden drones exploded near the podium.

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Maduro said statements from some of the six suspects already arrested pointed to involvement by Julio Borges, an opposition leader living in exile in Colombia.

"Opposition leaders decried his accusations, warning Maduro could use the incident to further suppress his critics during an economic and humanitarian crisis".

Images captured on live television showed Maduro and his wife looking up at the sky at one explosion and then hundreds of soldiers scrambling.

They happened while the president, Nicolas Maduro, was giving a speech to the country's National Guard. Several soldiers seated in the audience had white bandages on their heads, apparently injured in the assassination attempt.

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