Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro emerged on his country’s national TV hours after an alleged attack against him on Saturday and pointed blame at far-right elements and Colombia’s outgoing president, Juan Manuel Santos.

“I’m alive and victorious,” he said.

Maduro was evacuated from a stage on Saturday during a speech in Caracas after what authorities concluded was an attempted “terrorist attack against the president.” He spoke to the nation just several hours after the 5:40 p.m. incident.

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Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, told CNN he ordered an investigation into the incident.
Maduro said an investigation into the attack is in its advanced stage. He said authorities have collected evidence and have made arrests. He did not name anyone taken into custody.

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The Venezuelan government has long blamed Colombia for plotting overthrows and, and far-right elements in Bogota and Miami for attempting to undercut Maduro. Ivan Duque takes over as the Colombian President next week.
Maduro was giving a speech live on TV commemorating the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard when his wife, next to him, seemed startled and looked up. Others on stage looked up as well and people evacuated the stage.
He said in his speech that he heard at least two explosions.

Maduro urged US President Donald Trump to help in the fight against terrorist attacks in peaceful countries, such as Venezuela.

In a tweet, the president of Venezuela’s National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, called the incident at the military parade a “terrorist attack against the president and the high military command blaming the opposition for the violence.”
Venezuela’s international government broadcaster, TeleSUR, said on Twitter that the Venezuelan government confirmed an attempted attack on Maduro.
Venezuela’s vice president for communications, Jorge Rodriguez, later addressed the nation on live TV at the request of Maduro. He said people heard explosions that corresponded to drones and heard drones detonate near a parade for the occasion.
The crowd at the parade in Caracas disperses after what officials called an attack on the President.
The crowd at the parade in Caracas disperses after what officials called an attack on the President.
“We established, with evidence, that this was an attempt against the president.”
He said the President is safe and meeting with the ministers and high commanders of the Venezuelan military. Seven national guard officers at the parade were hurt and treated at nearby hospitals.


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