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Venezuela: Military figures arrested after drone ‘attack’

Venezuelan authorities say they have arrested 14 more people in connection with an alleged attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro. Among those detained are a general and a colonel from the National Guard. President Maduro has accused opposition politicians and neighbouring Colombia of plotting to kill him in a drone attack during a military parade in the capital Caracas on 4 August.

Chief prosecutor Tarek Saab said 12 other people were so far in detention. Two drones loaded with explosives were detonated at the parade as the president was speaking. Venezuela has issued 27 arrest warrants for the apparent attempt on Mr Maduro. Those arrested to date include a lawmaker and several young men.

The Venezuelan authorities say other suspects are still at large, many in neighbouring Colombia and the United States. Mr Maduro accused Colombia and elements within the US of instigating “a right-wing plot” to kill him. The Colombian government says there is no basis to Mr Maduro’s allegations. US National Security Adviser John Bolton denied any US involvement in the incident, adding that it could be “a pretext set up by the regime itself”.

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