Bolivian President Evo Morales has accused the United States of plotting a military intervention against Venezuela and seeking support from Latin American leaders for these ends.

“Within the last 12 months, US Vice President Mike Pence made 3 trips to Latin America to meet at least 8 presidents from whom he demanded support for a military intervention against our brother president of Venezuela Nicol Maduro. Those are the Empire’s coup attempts” he wrote on his Twitter account.

Venezuelan Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said earlier that Maduro’s assassination attempt had been committed with the use of several drones stuffed with explosives. They detonated while the head of state was delivering a speech at the ceremony for the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard’s establishment. Seven law enforcement officers were injured. Neither the state leader nor the top government officials were injured in the explosion, he said.

The Venezuelan president said several people involved in the attempted murder had been detained. He accused the Colombian leader, Juan Manuel Santos, of being behind the plot. Maduro also said some of those who had planned to kill him were living in the United States.

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