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Venezuela Arrests Military Officers in Probe of Failed Assassination Bid

  • Lawmaker, general and colonel among 14 held in drone attack
  • Authorities looking for 20 people in Venezuela, Colombia, U.S.

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

Two high-ranking military officials were detained in the ongoing investigation into the attempt on President Nicolas Maduro’s life using explosive-laden drones, Venezuela’s leading prosecutor said Tuesday.

The two join a lawmaker already in custody in what authorities say was a complex plot to assassinate Maduro, the first lady and senior members of government at a military parade Aug. 4 in Caracas. Public Prosecutor Tarek William Saab told reporters that an additional 20 people in Venezuela, Colombia and the U.S. are wanted in connection with the bombing.