>> An anti government activist in Venezuela claims he helped organize the drone attack on President Nicola Maduro that exploded over a military rally on Saturday. Salvador Lucase is an ex-police chief, who says he no longer lives in Venezuela. He told Reuters he was part of the operation, carried out by a group of militants known as the quote, Resistance.
>> This was not a trial run, we will be clear on that. We had an objective and in the moment we were not able to make it happen 100%. But we will qualify it as a total success.>> Reuters couldn't verify Lucase's claims, although a little known group which is part of the Resistance, called Soldiers In T-Shirts has also claimed responsibility for the explosions.
President Maduro called the attack an assassination attempt and has ordered a crackdown. Eight people including a lawmaker and his sister have been arrested so far although the sister was later released. Maduro has blamed the attack on neighboring Colombia, and claimed some of the conspirators are living in the United States.
He's asked for help in bringing them to justice.>> I want an explanation from the government of the United States and the Government of Columbia. We are seeking to extradite all responsible parties who financed, managed and carried out this terrorist attack, who live in the state of Florida or who live in US or Columbian territory.
>> Maduro's critics accuse him of using the attack to lock up his opponents. The President has come under fire for authoritarian tactics, human rights abuses and policies that have led to recession and malnutrition. Lucase says armed resistance is the only way to topple the leader because quote, no dictator leaves power peacefully.