Venezuela's Foreign Minister: Probe Into Attack Against maduro Points to US, Colombia

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Two top Trump administration officials have now denied US involvement in the apparent assassination attempt of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night.

Maduro was delivering a televised speech Saturday evening to hundreds of soldiers when he and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced after hearing the sound of an explosion. But the image of martial lockstep was quickly shattered when a second drone hit a building nearby, as scores of soldiers scurried away before the live transmission ended and switched to reruns about the South American country's vehicle census.

Firefighters at the scene, however, told the Associated Press that the culprit was a gas tank explosion in a neighboring apartment building.

One showed a cellphone video of a drone hovering over a residential street two blocks away and then crashing into a building.

Reverol said the "assassination" attempt was carried out by two remotely operated drones and each carrying a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4 - "capable of causing effective damage over a 50-meter (164 feet) radius".

The president, who has ruled the country since 2013, called it an assassination attempt in a speech on state TV following the attack.

However, CNN reports that a Colombian presidential source insists Maduro's accusations are "baseless".

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The Colombian government has denied any involvement, saying there is "no basis" to Mr Maduro's allegations.

As to what happened in Caracas, Bolton said "it could be a lot of things from a pretext set up by the Maduro regime itself to something else".

Venezuelan opposition leaders are fearing a crackdown and increased repression following a weird, alleged assassination attempt against the country's strongman president, Nicolas Maduro on Saturday night in Caracas.

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.

"That drone came after me but there was a shield of love that always protects us".

The device exploded over an area where uniformed guardsmen stood at attention in ranks, injuring seven.

"We demonstrated that they are vulnerable".

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Venezuela's government routinely accuses opposition activists of plotting to attack and overthrow Maduro, a deeply unpopular leader who was recently elected to a new term in office in a vote decried by dozens of nations.

Arreaza thanked the solidarity shown by various governments and organizations in rejection of the attack against the president. "Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack".

Both Cuban leaders expressed their "full solidarity and unconditional support for President Maduro", it said.

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

"Venezuela will continue on the democratic, independent and socialist path", he said.

"The stampede of the military personnel, broadcast live, leaves the armed forces and the military top brass looking very bad", said Hebert Garcia Plaza, a former general and member of Maduro's administration who turned on the government.

In the midst of near-daily protests a year ago, a rogue police officer flew a stolen helicopter over the capital and launched grenades at several government buildings.

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