> An explosion shakes the camera, soldiers run in the streets and now six people are detained for what Venezulan President Nicolas Maduro calls an assassination attempt. The country's Interior Minister saying one suspect had a pending arrest warrant for an attack on a military base, while another was arrested in 2014 for an anti-government protest.
State television on Saturday showed the socialist leader appearing startled by what authorities said were drone explosions, which occurred during a military event in Caracas. Seconds later, the footage panned to hundreds of soldiers chaotically scurrying out of formation before the transmission was cut. Reuters correspondent Alexandra Ulmer is in Caracas near the site of one explosion.
>> Many details remain unclear, but the opposition here is bracing for a crackdown. They say Maduro may use this attack as an excuse to persecute some politicians and activists in Venezuela.>> Those critics accuse Maduro of fabricating or exaggerating security incidents to distract from hyperinflation and product shortages.
After Saturday's apparent attack, Maduro initially pointed the finger at some residents of Florida, as well as Columbian President Juan Manuel Santos in alliance with the quote, extreme right in Venezuela. Columbia's Foreign Ministry said it emphatically rejected Maduro's accusations.