Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying “several vehicles have been seized and hotel raids carried out in Caracas where important information was collected . ”
Reverol said the “ assassination ” attempt was carried out by two remotely operated drones and each carrying a kilogram (2 . 2 pounds) of plastic explosive C4 — “ capable of causing effective damage over a 50 -meter (164 feet ) radius. ”
He said one of the drones flew over the tribune where Maduro was giving a speech to mark a military parade but that it became “ disoriented by signal inhibiting equipment ” and was thus “activated outside the assassins ’ planned perimeter. ”
The second drone lost control and crashed in an adjacent building , Reverol added.
He said it was “a crime of terrorism and assassination ” and that the “material and intellectual authors inside and outside the country” had been identified, with further arrests “ in the coming hours ” possible.
He said seven soldiers had been injured , with three of them in a critical state .
Reverol said one of the six detainees was already wanted for involvement in a daring raid on a northern military base a year ago , in which rebels made off with a cache of weapons .