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General and colonel arrested over attempted murder of Maduro

VENEZUELA’S chief prosecutor Tarek Saab has announced the arrest of a general and a colonel in connection with the attempted murder of President Nicolas Maduro.

The high-ranking national guard officers are among two dozen suspects held after a drone attack during a military parade in the capital Caracas on August 4.

Two drones were aimed at the stage where Mr  Maduro was speaking, but the military succeeded in knocking one off its path electronically while the other crashed into a nearby block of flats.

Seven soldiers were injured but the president was not harmed.

Former national assembly president Julio Borges, who fled to neighbouring Colombia, has been accused by Mr Maduro of masterminding the attack and Caracas has sought his extradition.

“Borges, you are an assassin. Life gave you the chance to conduct politics freely in Venezuela, but you've turned into a killer in Colombia,” said Mr Maduro.

The fugitive opposition leader called the allegation “baseless.”


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