Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt | Trending

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt | Trending

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Survives Apparent Assassination Attempt | Trending

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was evacuated from a stage on Saturday during a speech in Caracas after what authorities concluded was an attempted "terrorist attack against the president".

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said Maduro was safe and unharmed but that seven people were injured in the apparent attack.

In footage on local TV, while Maduro was speaking about Venezuela's economy the audio suddenly went.

Seconds later, dozens of soldiers were seen running away before the broadcast was cut off, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported.

In an address to the nation Saturday, Maduro said: "This was an attempt to kill me".

Venezuelan blogger Larissa Costas has tweeted that Maduro is "well".

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"This was an attempt against the president", Rodriguez said.

Three officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the case say the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment.

The country's leader was addressing the military to mark the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard.

AP reports that firefighters at the scene of the explosion are disputing the Government's version of events.

Last year, rogue police officer Oscar Perez hijacked a helicopter and fired at government buildings in what he said was an action against a dictator.

In the statement to el Nuevo, the group claiming responsibility said the military's goals were not achieved.

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