Venezuelan President Nicolas Maruro survived an apparent assassination attempt on Saturday, according to reports.
Maduro' speech was cut short during the event on Saturday and soldiers were seen running before the televised transmission was cut off.
Video from state television shows Maduro, wearing his presidential banner, speaking about the economy when he hears a noise. The soldiers lined up in ranks then began running.
Mr. Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, who was standing at his side, looked up to the sky momentarily as he was promising that "the hour of the economic recuperation" had arrived.
Rodriguez said two drones filled with explosives were shot down by trained military guard and seven servicemen were taken to nearby hospitals with injuries.More news: Prosecutors advise witnesses in Manafort trial: Avoid the T-word
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In a later development, journalist Andrew Connell claimed that Rodriguez, the minister, confirmed that Maduro would shortly commence another emergency address.
GettySecurity forces and members of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) check a building after an explosion.
"The people are with the president", Rodriguez said.
Writing on Twitter earlier in the day, Mr Maduro said: "I congratulate, in the framework of the 81st anniversary of the GNB, the men and women who make up this glorious component".
But firefighters at the scene of the blast disputed the government's version of events. His speech ended abruptly, and the broadcast then panned to the face of a young soldier before focusing on the street in front of makeshift stand where Mr.