Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro survived the apparent assassination attempt, after several drones armed with explosives flew towards him, during a speech on Saturday evening local time commemorating the 81st anniversary of the country's National Guard.
"And I have no doubt that everything points to the right-to the Venezuelan ultra-right, in alliance with the Colombian far-right", he said, adding that "Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack", according to a translated comment reported by El Nacional.
But the military managed to knock one of the drones off-course electronically and the other crashed into apartment building two blocks away from where Maduro was speaking to the hundreds of troops, Reverol said. One of the drones was to explode above the president while the other was to detonate directly in front of him, he added.
Witnesses said they heard and felt an explosion in the late afternoon, then saw a drone fall out of the sky and hit a nearby building.
Arreaza echoed the details made by the interior minister about the attack which included two drones that carried a kilo of explosives c4 capable of effective damage within a radius of 50 meters.
Reverol said the 2 pounds of explosives on each drone could have affected an area of more than 160 feet.
Colombia denied any involvement.
He also blamed Venezuelans living in the United States.
A Colombian official with the president's office described Maduro's accusation that Santos was involved as baseless.
President Maduro was giving a speech when the attack happened.
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A clandestine group of Venezuelan soldiers claimed responsibility for Saturday's alleged attack against Maduro, in a statement obtained by el Nuevo Herald.
"This was an assassination attempt, they tried to assassinate me", Maduro said in a later televised address.
Attorney General Tarek William Saab said the attempted assassination targeted not only Maduro, but the military's entire high command on stage with the president. The broadcast was quickly cut.
"He will use it to concentrate power", Smilde said.
Maduro has remained in power over Venezuela, a major oil exporting nation, despite a collapsing economy and a long-running political crisis that has seen his country isolated internationally.
"That drone came after me", he said.
Germany said merely that it was "closely following developments on the ground", while Portugal opined that the crisis in Venezuela could be overcome by "dialogue and national consensus" in line with "democratic principles".
The event had been just one more of many Maduro routinely holds with members of the military, a key faction of Venezuelan society whose loyalty he has clung to as the nation struggles with crippling hyperinflation and shortages of food and medicine.
A year ago, four months of street protests flared against his authority that were put down by robust action from the army, the National Guard and police, resulting in 125 people killed.