Venezuelan Opposition Leader Calls Attack On Nicolas Maduro "Staged"

"Several of the declarations indicated Julio Borges". On August 4, the Venezuelan government said Maduro escaped unharmed after drones armed with explosives detonated close to a military event where he was addressing the soldiers in the capital city of Caracas.

They have blamed a plot involving Julio Borges, Colombia and other opposition lawmakers, financed by unnamed figures in the U.S. state of Florida.

Supporters of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, holding a giant national flag, march to the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela.

Maduro said in a nationally televised broadcast Tuesday night that statements by suspects already arrested point to Julio Borges, an opposition leaders living in exile in Colombia.

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"Opposition leaders decried his accusations, warning Maduro could use the incident to further suppress his critics during an economic and humanitarian crisis".

Venezuelan law grants lawmakers immunity from prosecution while in office, but the head of the country's pro-Maduro constitutional assembly said he would propose stripping that protection from the two lawmakers. One video included a purported confession by one handcuffed suspect, whose face was blurred out as they explained the plot.

The administration claimed Colombia, including former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, was involved in the attack but did not provide evidence to support its claims.

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