Maduro Survives Drone Assassination Attempt (Updated)

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Venezuelan authorities said late Sunday that they thwarted an attempted assassination of President Nicolas Maduro by two explosive-laden drones. The authorities said they had detained six people in connection with the attack in which assailants flew two drones, each packed with about 2.2 pounds of C-4 explosive. The military said it defeated one of the drones electronically and the second crashed into an apartment building two blocks away from where Maduro was speaking to hundreds of troops. 

CNN and other outlets broadcast footage of a startled Maduro looking up and of his wife, standing nearby, noticeably flinching as the explosives detonated. Dozens of soldiers standing in formation were seen to scatter shortly after the explosions occurred. Security guards quickly moved in with ballistic blankets to protect Maduro. According to reports, one of the drones was supposed to detonate above Maduro, the other in front of him.

CNN reported that seven military personnel were hurt, but Maduro apparently emerged unscathed. Venezuela's Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodriguez, said an initial investigation showed that the explosions came from several “drone-type flying devices,” but NBC news reported they were thought to be off-the-shelf commercial drones.

Comments (5)

SkyNet v1.0?

Posted by: YARS (Tom Yarsley) | August 5, 2018 7:38 PM    Report this comment

Has anyone considered that this was a pretend attack? No injuries, perps immediately arrested and confessing ?

Posted by: RAY DAMIJONAITIS | August 6, 2018 8:47 AM    Report this comment

Since when is C4 easier to acquire in Venezuela than a rifle?
I agree with Ray.

Posted by: Mark Fraser | August 6, 2018 11:10 AM    Report this comment

Agree this looks suspicious. Also sighing because this has been the concern for a while: off the shelf gear is more than suitable for this kind of thing. A US gun youtuber demonstrated a drone with a machine pistol a few years ago. With no special programming the drone neatly compensated for the recoil.

Posted by: Cosmo Adsett | August 6, 2018 6:48 PM    Report this comment

There is a very high probability that the 'explosion' was something else. There are reports of a gas tank exploding nearby. In the resulting confusion a state television drone capturing images for PR purposes was then shot down.
With no further evidence emerging from any reliable sources the events as stated by the regime remain doubtful.

Posted by: Mauro Hernandez | August 7, 2018 5:11 AM    Report this comment

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