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Venezuelan President Targeted in Attack Attempt, Minister Says

Venezuelan President Targeted in Attack Attempt, Minister Says

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was the target of an attempted attack by drones that detonated explosives near him on Saturday while he was attending a military ceremony in the capital, Caracas, his communications minister said.Jorge Rodríguez, the minister, said Mr. Maduro was unharmed and will speak later on Saturday about what happened.…


CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was the target of an attempted attack by drones that detonated explosives near him on Saturday while he was attending a military ceremony in the capital, Caracas, his communications minister said.

Jorge Rodríguez, the minister, said Mr. Maduro was unharmed and will speak later on Saturday about what happened. The attack created pandemonium when National Guardsmen, standing in formation, broke ranks and scattered in every direction.

commandeered a helicopter and used it in a brazen midday assault to drop grenades on the Supreme Court building and to fire on the Interior Ministry.

Mr. Pérez took to Instagram to call for others to join his cause and wage attacks against military bases, but he was killed by the government during an assault in January.

In another attack last year, a group of soldiers struck a military barracks west of Caracas. Like Mr. Pérez, they released videos calling for others to join their cause, but no rebellion materialized.

And in 2016, Mr. Maduro himself was attacked by a mob who chased him down the street banging pots and pans and screaming that they had no food.

Inflation is expected to reach one million percent this year and has created a spectacular economic collapse unprecedented for a country with the large oil reserves of Venezuela. Economists blame decades of mismanagement under Mr. Maduro, and his predecessor Hugo Chávez.

Despite widespread discontent, Mr. Maduro continues to hold power. In May, he was declared the victor of an election that carries his term until 2025. His most popular rivals were banned from running, and opposition parties boycotted and said the election was rigged.

On Saturday, VivoPlay, a Venezuelan broadcaster, said its reporting team had gone missing after members of the National Guard seized its equipment as they tried to report on the events.

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