The Morning Briefing: Drone Strike on Maduro and Much, Much More | Trending

The Morning Briefing: Drone Strike on Maduro and Much, Much More | Trending

The Morning Briefing: Drone Strike on Maduro and Much, Much More | Trending

Attackers are believed to have used two DJI M600 drones that each carried 1 kilogram of C-4 explosive. One was "diverted" by security forces while the second fell on its own and hit an apartment building, Reverol said.

Conflicting reports are emerging of what caused blasts during Venezuelan President - Nicolas Maduro's speech at a military event at the weekend.

The investigation, which involves four prosecutors, has yielded the locations from where the drones were piloted, as well as the arrests of two of the drone pilots, the country's top law enforcement official said.

The president was warning citizens that those who failed to register their cars in a national census would miss out on subsidized fuel when an explosion above his head took away his attention. Mr Maduro added that the attack's goal was "what U.S. imperialism is seeking" - "a Venezuela in conflict, in civil war".

Suspects allegedly launched two DJI Matrice 600 drones, which are popular with professional film-makers and sell for about £5,000 in the United Kingdom, each carrying 1kg of plastic explosives to target the president, his wife, Cilia, and other top Venezuelan officials as he addressed soldiers during a military parade.

In an apparent response, Bolton said "if the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of USA criminal law, we'll take a serious look at it".

Both the Colombian government and the Trump administration, who have adversarial relationships with Venezuela's government, have rejected Maduro's accusations.

Late on Saturday, an anonymous group known as "Flannel Soldiers" claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, but the claim could not be substantiated.


"There will be no forgiveness", Maduro warned, for what a military statement said was an act of "barbarism in a desperate attempt to destabilize" the government.

Maduro on Saturday seemed to blame Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, while also suggesting those behind the attacks live in the United States.

Maduro and his allies called the attack direct proof that an worldwide plot to overthrow his socialist administration exists, while also saying that the military's response shows he still has the loyalty of Venezuela's soldiers.

In a statement, the Russian Federation foreign ministry said: "We are convinced that settling political differences must be carried out exclusively in a peaceful and democratic way".

The self-described "son" of Chavez, Maduro says he is battling an "imperialist" plot to destroy socialism and take over Venezuela´s oil.

Hundreds of thousands have fled due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that could reach one million percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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

He was referring to May's presidential elections, where Mr Maduro was re-elected for another six-year term.

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