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Confusion Still Abounds about What Caused the Explosion in Venezuela, but Experts Warn Maduro Will Use It as an Excuse to Consolidate Power Either Way

August 05, 2018

An explosion went off in Caracas while Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech to hundreds of soldiers during a celebration of the National Guard's 81st anniversary on Saturday.

State television was broadcasting as Maduro spoke when suddenly an explosion was heard. A video showed Maduro's wife Cilia Flores looking up and wincing and hundreds of soldiers of running in chaos.

Maduro was rushed offstage, and is not hurt. Seven people were injured in the incident, according to the AP.

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