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Venezuela Arrests Six After Maduro Escapes Explosive Drone Attack

  • The aircraft carried a kilogram of C-4, interior minister says
  • The U.S. and Colombia rejects any involvement in the incident
Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during a ceremony attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in support of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018.

Security forces check a building after an explosion was heard during a ceremony attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in support of the National Guard in Caracas on August 4, 2018.

Photographer: Juan Barreto/AFP via Getty Images

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Venezuela’s security forces are making a wave of arrests after an attack by explosive-laden drones during a military parade wounded officers but left President Nicolas Maduro unharmed.

The two unmanned aircraft carried a kilogram of C-4 plastic explosive and were thrown off course by signal blockers, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said Sunday afternoon. He said that authorities had arrested six people and had raided Caracas hotels for evidence. One suspect was associated with an attack on a military base in Carabobo state last year, Reverol said, and more arrests could take place within hours.