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Seven people injured in Venezuelan president's murder attempt

Seven people have been injured in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's murder attempt; the president himself was not injured, Venezuela's Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said, according to the Venezuelan radio station Union Radio.

"President Maduro was not injured in the murder attempt," the web site of the radio station quoted the minister as saying. "Unfortunately, seven staff members were injured." "He is working as usual," Rodriguez said.

"Keep calm, our President Nicolas Maduro is well, as are all the political and military top revolutionary government," head of the Bicentenario Del Pueblo bank Miguel Perez Abad tweeted.

The attempted murder of the head of state was carried out with the use of drones carrying explosives. They were activated while Maduro was speaking at the ceremony for the 81st anniversary of the establishment of the Bolivarian National Guard. The drones were eliminated, the minister said. According to preliminary information, several cadets from the Bolivarian National Guard were injured.

Rodriguez also reported that Maduro addressed the people a few minutes later.

[Source: Itar Tass, Moscow, 05Aug18]

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