Multiple arrested in alleged Maduro assassination plot

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"We have identified the people who made the explosives and prepared the weapons and their worldwide links", Saab said.

It has the makings of a Hollywood film: a head of state dodging an assassination attempt from a drone.

'Not only are they confessing.'

Interior Minister Néstor Luis Reverol said six "terrorists" had been detained Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

Maduro was unharmed in the incident, which officials said had injured seven soldiers in an extraordinary scene captured on video that showed hundreds of Maduro's troops seemingly fleeing in panic at the sound of an explosion. Another was arrested in 2014 in connection with a series of nationwide protests against the Maduro government that convulsed the country for several weeks.

As for Maduro's accusations that the alleged perpetrators are in Florida and Colombia, Andrade said that this is part of the "stigmatized Cuban script that is always the fault of the Miami and now Bogota groups".

The group, which describes itself as uniting members of "the resistance" to Maduro, said it had planned to fly two drones but that snipers shot them down.

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. But the drones malfunctioned, he added - one hitting a nearby apartment building, the other crashing after getting disoriented by government jamming signals.

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The plot was hatched at least six months ago, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez told the state-run Russian media outlet, Sputnik.

Security officers were able to disable one of the drones flying toward the stage where Maduro was standing with high-ranking officials, Reverol said.

Colina, a retired lieutenant in the National Guard, said there's real "fear" that Maduro and his allies will strike out against opponents.

On Saturday evening, Mr Maduro was giving a speech at a military parade in Caracas, before he and his wife, Cilia Flores were seen gazing into the sky upon hearing an explosion go off. Dozens of soldiers scattered.

Maduro appeared on national TV hours later to speak about the investigation and arrests.

That's what Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro says happened to him on Saturday.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is even blaming the United States.

Meanwhile, the Patriotic Pole coalition of parties allied with the government called for a march on Monday in Caracas to back Maduro. "I am sure I will live for many more years". The drones, according to officials, were flown towards Maduro as he addressed soldiers in Caracas on Saturday. Ivan Duque takes over as Colombian president this week.