Maduro would accept FBI help to investigate ‘drone attack’

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he would allow US FBI agents into the country to help investigate the alleged assassination attempt against him a week ago.

The president said he believed that the people involved had fled to Florida, Peru and Colombia.

The US has indicated it will co-operate with investigations, but it has not made a known offer for an FBI visit. The Venezuelan leader regularly accuses the US of wanting to overthrow him.

The two countries have long had a tense relationship. When Mr Maduro was re-elected in May, the US increased its sanctions on Venezuela, saying the vote had not been free or fair.

However, in a televised address late on Saturday, President Maduro surprised many by saying he would accept US help to investigate the alleged plot.

“If the US government offered, or confirmed its offer, of FBI co-operation to investigate, I would accept it,” he said.

Maduro said there were “terrorist” cells in Florida, which had masterminded the plan and needed to be dismantled.He also called on the Peruvian government to extradite suspects living there.

The incident took place as Maduro was speaking at military parade on August 4.

Video footage showed the startled president looking upwards as loud explosions went off, and dozens of soldiers disbanding their formations to run away. (BBC)

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