Venezuela investigates President assassination attempt

Wednesday, 2018-08-08 04:20:24
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According to Reuters, Xinhua, and Vietnam News Agency, on August 6 Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab said that officials have identified the suspects involved in Saturday's alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro.

Speaking at a news conference in Caracas, Saab said the initial investigation revealed that the assassination attempt was likely linked with a terrorist attack in 2017.

Shortly after the explosion, the Venezuelan security forces identified the locations of the unmanned aerial vehicle’s controls, and two drone pilots were arrested. According to the Venezuelan Attorney General, this may be part of a campaign to launch violent acts carried out by right-wing groups with the backing of hostile foreign forces in order to undermine the Venezuelan revolution since 1999.

* On August 6, the Venezuelan authorities pledged to remove all plots against President Maduro after the assassination attempt at a ceremony to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the Venezuelan National Guard in the capital of Caracas. Tensions between Venezuela and Colombia have increased after Caracas accused Bogota of backing the attack. Colombia rejected Maduro’s “absurd” accusation of involvement.

* President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on August 6 to convey his good wishes and show support for the Venezuelan president who survived an apparent assassination attempt over the weekend. The Turkish Foreign Ministry also issued a written statement “strongly” condemning the “heinous attack”. “In this difficult time, Turkey stands with the brotherly and friendly Venezuelan people and President Maduro, his family and all government officials,” it stressed.