NicolasÂ Maduro, the Leftist leader of Venezuela, blamed far Right opponents, neighbouring ColombiaÂ and financiers based in Florida for what he said was an assassination attemptÂ with a drone in Caracas on Saturday night.
He appeared on TV hours after cutting short a speech to the country’s military amid scenes of panic to point theÂ finger at a familiar list of enemies.
Officials said two drones loaded with explosives went off during the president’s speech.Â However, firefighters disputed that version of events, saying a gas tank had exploded in an apartment.
In an address to the nation, Mr Maduro said: “That drone was coming for me but there was a shield of love. I am sure I will live for many more years.”