Two Drones Each Carrying 1Kg Of C-4 Explosive Used In Maduro Assassination Attempt, US Denies Involvement

Update: Speaking on state TV a day after the alleged assassination attempt on Maduro, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said that six people have been taken into custody and more arrests are possible in the coming hours. He also said that two drones carrying 1 kg each of C-4 explosive were "disoriented" by govt. signal blockers.

He added that the government has raided several Caracas hotels in search for evidence, and noted that one suspect linked to a 2017 attack on Carabobo military base, another to last year’s anti-government protests.

Meanwhile speculation that this was just another false flag attack to build popular support for Maduro's crumbling regime, continues to grow.

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Was it a gas cylinder explosion? An assassination plot of US-allied groups? Or possibly the unheard of “National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts” that are now claiming responsibility?

And where are the remnants or debris parts to any drones that may have been exploded, or possibly even live iPhone footage (though iPhones have been hard to come by in socialist Venezuela over the years) of drones overhead shot by any one of what appears to have been tens of thousands attending the event?

It seems the more details that come out surrounding the apparent drone assassination attempt of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday afternoon, the stranger and more ambiguous it gets in terms of exactly what happened and who is responsible

For starters on Sunday morning US National Security Adviser John Bolton addressed charges of potential American involvement head on, telling Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, "I can say unequivocally there was no U.S. government involvement in this at all".

This followed a speech by Maduro in what was his first formal statement since the incident wherein the controversial left-wing Venezuelan president described“They tried to assassinate me today," while blaming the attack on right-wing factions specifically connected to Columbia and Florida.

He claimed that "several of those intellectually responsible and the financiers of this attack live in the United States, in the state of Florida," and called on U.S. President Donald Trump to "fight these terrorist groups".

Maduro further related that one drone exploded in front him, with seconds later another blast detonating to his right. “That drone was coming for me but there was a shield of love,” Maduro said.

Indeed a live feed showing Maduro speaking at a large army commemoration event in the capital of Caracas was cut off mid-speech as explosions were heard, and body guards immediately shielded the president with bullet proof coverings, after which soldiers can be seen running in disarray before the transmission ends.

Neither President Maduro nor his wife or government ministers sharing the stage with them were reported injured, and they express what appears to be genuine shock and fear when the blasts went off

Photographs depicted at least one possibly seriously wounded soldier with blood running down his face, and Venezuelan state sources reported that a total of seven National Guard soldiers were injured.

John Bolton's denial of US involvement came in response to Maduro's prior accusation, and unverifiable claims of suspects in Venezuelan state custody according to Reuters:

Maduro said “everything points” to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the U.S. state of Florida, where many Venezuelan exiles live. Several perpetrators were caught, he said, without elaborating.

In response to these accusations, Bolton elaborated during his Fox interview, saying, "If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of U.S. criminal law, we’ll take a serious look at it, but in the meantime I think what we really should focus on is the corruption and oppression in the Maduro regime in Venezuela."

President Trump was promptly briefed on the incident Saturday evening prior to a rally in Ohio, according to White House statements. 

And in what could constitute among the more bizarre twists in an already incredibly strange story, an obscure and relatively recently established "resistance" group calling itself the "National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts" (Soldados de Franela) claimed responsibility for the targeted assassination attempt in a series of social media posts. The group claimed it flew two drones toward the president, which it says were shot down by snipers. 

“We demonstrated that they are vulnerable. We didn’t have success today, but it’s just a question of time,” wrote the group

Among the alternate narratives that quickly emerged moments after the attack was that a gas explosion occurred in a nearby residential building. Video footage and photographs showed a nearby apartment building on fire, which Venezuelan and other sources said was caused by one of the drones crashing into it

Location of of one of the drone crash sites, according to Venezuelan authorities. Image source: Getty

According to a local citizen interviewed by Reuters, there were two distinct blasts. Yet thus far there hasn't been any cell phone video or photographic evidence to emerge depicting what the Venezuelan information ministry described as "drones loaded with explosives" that targeted the downtown area. 

During a Saturday emergency briefing on state television, Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said “We have proof that this was an assassination attempt,” and underscored of the plotters, “They’ve failed.”

Meanwhile, responding official Venezuelan statements suggesting Columbian involvement, the Colombian Foreign Relations Ministry said the charge is “absurd” and without basis: “We’re used to the Venezuelan leader constantly accusing Colombia for any sort of situation,” the ministry said in a late Saturday night statement.

Addressing doubts and contrary claims about the assassination attempt that are currently rampant, a director at the polling firm Delphos, Felix Seijas, told Bloomberg: “It’s a shame that at this hour, public opinion is doubting the official version, be it true or not.” And he concluded, “It’s the outcome of years of control over the free media, censorship and multiple false government alerts on assassination attempts.”

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inosent PacOps Sun, 08/05/2018 - 12:34 Permalink

Maduro is such a jackass. He whines "some twied to kill meee" awwww, really? Gee, I wonder WHY?

Imagine this guy holding a big 'venezuelan pride day', a military review, all dressed up with his sash and emblems, while the entire country has collapsed into hell.

But I don't see anywhere in the article Maduro mentioned that small little detail

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Free This lock-stick Sun, 08/05/2018 - 13:15 Permalink

Too bad they missed! Brown boy bleed a lot! Fucking socialists! They will blame America 3....2....1

oh, didn't have to read far lol

Was it a gas cylinder explosion? An assassination plot of US-allied groups? Or possibly the unheard of “National Movement of Soldiers in T-shirts” that are now claiming responsibility?

Maduro said “everything points” to a right-wing plot that initial investigation suggested was linked to Colombia and the U.S. state of Florida, where many Venezuelan exiles live. Several perpetrators were caught, he said, without elaborating.

How bout their own serfs wanna kill the idiot socialist bus driver? What? not tired of eating dogs and cats yet???

LOL...State of Florida is a terrorist state ya know????? bwhahahahahahahahahawndo!

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Bavarian Free This Sun, 08/05/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

Gee, awfully sensitive about that accusation, monkey boy.  

They wouldn't happen to be funding you, would they?  

Proof?  How about many decades of known overthrow attempts and successes combined with virtually zero in the last 30+ years by other actors/nations.  

Who the fuck else would do it?  

Shut down the CIA!!!!!

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Offthebeach Offthebeach Sun, 08/05/2018 - 14:44 Permalink

I should of said Glover, Penn, Kennedy were absolutely not like Trotsky to Stalin.  If gloriously Chavez was alive, then Trotsky to Lenin would be correct.

Anyways, I also don't mean to suggest that since Madero made his "we failed " speach, that he is going to liquidate weak sisters, profiteers, backsliders.  Granted no doubt there are many paid American agents, traitors to the Revolution, in high and low positions.

I was just mentioning that this is the time for Glover, Penn, Kennedy to join with tbe people .

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dumluk Fiat Pirate Sun, 08/05/2018 - 15:10 Permalink

Youre not alltogether wrong on that point, but its hard to believe it hasnt been done long ago.....I live down in that neighborhood and Ive yet to meet one single Venez who doesnt want Maduro long gone......I have an idea.......lets put Bolton and Maduro in the same cell and see who comes out.....hopefully they would both go down in mutually assured destruction.......

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