An apparent assassination attempt on Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, occurred today while the socialist leader was giving a speech in Caracas. Video is included below.
According to the BBC, “explosive drones” were used in the attack, but Maduro is unharmed.
Video of the incident shows Maduro speaking, then he and others on the stage are startled by what appears to be an explosion. They look up, only to have the camera cut away. Soldiers assembled at the speech are then seen running.
A building near the incident was seen on fire, but it is unclear if it is connected to the attack.
Other reports online say army officials confiscated cameras from television stations and the press, to keep evidence of the attack from being seen.
Venezuela is on the verge of collapse, as Maduro’s socialist policies have caused skyrocketing inflation, food shortages, and a shutdown of most major industries.
It is not known who was behind the attack.
Here is the video of the incident in Venezuela.
Tweets coming out of the country show additional video and photos.
— Guy Elster (@guyelster) August 4, 2018
Venezuelan army confiscates cameras of VIVOPlay and TVVenezuela covering the incident at the Av Bolivar in Caracas; following two loud explosions and the evacuation of the president. The amy has taken control of the avenue. #4ago #04ago #venezuela #breaking #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/g5Copag2UK
— Amir Richani (@amir_richani) August 4, 2018
This is a developing story.