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Old 2018-08-04, 20:01   Link #1
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Venezuela situation

I guess it was only a matter of time before someone used drones to attempt the
assassination of a head of state:

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro survives drone
assassination attempt:

"The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, has survived an apparent assassination
attempt involving drones that exploded close to him while he was speaking at an
event in Caracas.

State television showed Maduro abruptly cutting short his speech during a celebration
of the National Guard’s 81st anniversary.

The hundreds of soldiers present were shown breaking ranks and scattering.

The Venezuelan information minister, Jorge Rodríguez, said there had been an “attack”
against the president involving drones loaded with explosives.

Maduro was “fine” and continuing to work, he said. Rodríguez said seven National
Guard soldiers were injured in the apparent attack."

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Old 2018-08-05, 22:07   Link #2
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The Explosive-Carrying Drones in Venezuela Won't Be the Last:

"On Saturday, as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gave a speech in Caracas
before a large military assemblage, drones carrying explosives approached, officials
there said, detonating near the stage. While Maduro was unharmed, Venezuelan
information minister Jorge Rodriguez said that the attack injured seven soldiers. It's a
method of assault that only a few years ago felt unthinkable, but has quickly become

Details remain scarce about the exact nature of the attack, which Rodriguez
characterized as an “assassination attempt,” including what type of drones were used
and the nature of the explosives involved. In a televised address to his country,
Maduro appeared to attribute the strike to far-right factions in Venezuela and
Columbia. “They have tried to kill me today,” Maduro said.

As the hours passed, some reports disputed the drone attack narrative. The
Associated Press reported that three unnamed firefighters say it was actually an
apartment gas tank explosion. A military expert quoted in The Washington Post
posited that the government lost control of its own drone, and had to take it down.
But local witnesses later confirmed seeing a drone explode.

Not long after the attack, Venezuelan authorities arrested six suspects, according to
interior minister Nestor Reverol. Reverol also provided more details about the incident,
alleging that the suspects used two DJI M600 drones, each loaded down with 1
kilogram of C-4 explosive, capable of creating a blast radius of 50 meters. The DJI
M600 is generally considered a professional-grade drone, primarily for filmmakers and
photographers, but has a strong build, and can handle a relatively heavy payload.

"It's clear that increasingly capable and hard-to-stop drones will become a key
instrument of revolutionaries going forward," says Todd Humphreys, associate
professor at the University of Texas at Austin who has researched security issues
around unmanned aerial vehicles. "The technical challenge of defending a head of
state in a public venue against a small drone carrying explosives is much greater than
that of building one."

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