Drones armed with explosives detonated during Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's speech

A televised speech by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at a military ceremony was abruptly cut short on Saturday after explosions were reportedly heard nearby.

Reuters reports that the controversial president was giving a speech about Venezuela's economy as well as celebrating the national guard's 81st anniversary. Soldiers at the military parade were then seen running away from an unconfirmed occurrence before the transmission was cut. There is no official word yet as to what occurred.

Maduro was standing next to his wife Cilia Flores and several high-ranking military officials for the event broadcast on radio and television.

"We are going to bet for the good of our country", Maduro declared.

The moment Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro's speech was interrupted by approaching drones laden with explosives was captured on video.

No group has said it was behind the alleged assassination attempt.

Seven National Guard soldiers were injured, Mr Rodriguez added.

However, firefighters near the scene are disputing the government's version of events. The camera then panned to scores of soldiers who started running, before the transmission was cut. Writing on Twitter, he said: "We strongly repudiate a new aggression and cowardly attack on Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian people".

In a later development, journalist Andrew Connell claimed that Rodriguez, the minister, confirmed that Maduro would shortly commence another emergency address.

  • Rogelio Becker