Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro's speech cut off, soldiers seen running

  • Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro's speech cut off, soldiers seen running

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro's speech cut off, soldiers seen running

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro watches a military parade in May.

Maduro and those standing around him, including Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, were fine.

State television showed Mr Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech on Saturday (local time) causing hundreds of soldiers present to scatter.

Footage of the speech, circulated on social media, showed Maduro delivering a speech before the sound cuts out, and those on the stage duck.

"All of the work we have done immediately after has allowed us to establish with evidence that it was an assassination attempt", Mr. Rodriguez said in a brief televised appearance.

Seconds later Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up to the sky and winced.

After the explosions, the Caracas fire service said there was a building on fire in central Caracas. The live television transmission was cut off without explanation.

Seven members of the Venezuelan National Guard were reportedly injured in the attack. Writing on Twitter, he said: "We strongly repudiate a new aggression and cowardly attack on Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian people".

Firefighters near the scene are disputing the government's version of events.

In a later development, journalist Andrew Connell claimed that Rodriguez, the minister, confirmed that Maduro would shortly commence another emergency address. The agency's report says that "the camera panned to scores of soldiers who started running".