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Venezuelan Military Stopped A Drone In Suspected Assassination, Says Minister

The Venezuelan military electronically stopped one explosive-drone from reaching President Nicolas Maduro in a suspected assassination...

Security members protect Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (Picture: PA).

The Venezuelan military electronically stopped one explosive-drone from reaching President Nicolas Maduro in a suspected assassination, according to a minister.

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of using explosives-laden drones in the suspected assassination, according to officials in the country.

Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said two drones packed with plastic explosives flew towards Mr Maduro, his wife and other top leaders as he spoke on Saturday evening at an event celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard.

Mr Reverol said the military managed to knock one of the drones off-course electronically and the other crashed into a building two streets away from where Mr Maduro was speaking to the hundreds of troops.

A security member bleeds after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's speech was interrupted (Picture: PA).

He added that one of the drones was to explode above the president while the other was to detonate directly in front of him.

Of those arrested, Mr Reverol said two of those arrested had previous run-ins with the government, although he did not give their names or say what charges they faced.

He said one took part in 2014 protests that rocked the nation as it descended into economic crisis and the other had a warrant out for his arrest for participating in an attack on a military barracks.

Defence minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, appearing on state television, said the attackers were aiming to decapitate Venezuela's entire top leadership along with Mr Maduro.

Investigators continued searching a blackened apartment building near the site while also seizing vehicles and raiding more than one hotel where they said they had found "film evidence".

Mr Maduro said: 

"This was an attempt to kill me."