The US denies its involvement in the alleged attack against Nicolás Maduro

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John Bolton, national security adviser to the White House denied that the United States was behind the alleged drone attack during a military act presided over this Saturday by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. EFE / ARCHIVE

A high official of the White House denied today that the United States was behind the alleged attack with drones during a military act presided over this Saturday by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

“I can say unequivocally that there is no participation of the United States government in this whatsoever,” John Bolton, White House national security adviser, said in an interview with Fox News.

In fact, Bolton suggested that Maduro’s own government could be behind the explosion.

“There could be many things (behind what happened), from a pretext established by the Maduro regime itself to something else,” Bolton said, adding that there were no Americans injured in the explosion.

Also, Bolton was open to the Venezuelan authorities provide the United States with any information that may be linked to the episode and is a violation of US law to investigate the case.

“If the Government of Venezuela has reliable information that they want to present to us that shows a possible violation of the US criminal law, we will seriously analyze it,” added the adviser to President Donald Trump.

The Venezuelan president has on numerous occasions blamed the United States for plotting against his government, although on this occasion he attributed the authorship of the alleged attack to the outgoing Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and to the “extreme right” of Colombia and Venezuela.

According to the Minister of Information of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, the attack took place with “drone-type flying devices that contained an explosive charge”.
The official explained that several drones detonated in the vicinity of the platform where Maduro offered a speech on the occasion of the celebration of the 81 years of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB, militarized police).

An alleged anonymous group was pronounced on Twitter to attribute the authorship of “Operation Fénix”, name with which he referred to the attack.

The alleged perpetrators, who are called “Soldiers of Franela”, assure in that social network that they are a group of “military and civil patriots and loyal to the people of Venezuela (…) based on legal and constitutional arguments.” (efeusa)

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