On Saturday, August 4th the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was attacked in an assassination attempt using drones during a speech he was delivering in Caracas.
President Maduro was addressing the crowd at a military parade celebrating the 81st anniversary of the National Guard when a flying device approached and exploded.
Footage of the event, which was broadcast on live television, shows Maduro look up mid-speech, while his wife Cecilia Flores, who is standing behind him, flinches.
Maduro spoke after the incident; ‘As you can see a few seconds passed from the time of the explosion until the guards reacted, as they seemed to be processing what happened. “Seconds later, there was a second explosion.”
The assassins flew two drones each packed with 2.2 pounds payloads of C-4 plastic explosive towards Maduro, his wife and top leaders as he spoke at the 81st anniversary of the Presidential Guard. It seems that one of the drones was to explode above the president while the other was to detonate directly in front of him.
This attack could have been prevented.
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Drone technology has advanced significantly opening up a whole new world of possibilities; and as you can see, in the wrong hands it becomes an unexpected and lethal weapon. A simple drone can now be purchased, at a relatively low cost, online or in a store easily accessible to everyone, including terrorists. The fact of the matter is, that drone threats are real and as technology advances rapidly, anti-drones systems are no longer a thing of the future but a very real part of today’s threats as seen on Saturday.