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The foreign minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza said Sunday that the attack against President Nicolas Maduro a day earlier was a manifestation of frustration against the president and against those in positions of state.

Once back in the presidential palace, Maduro said he had "no doubt" that Colombia's Santos - a Nobel Peace Prize victor who negotiated a historic peace accord with Marxist guerrillas FARC - was "behind the attack".

He blamed the Venezuelan political far right in collaboration with the Colombian far right, and the current Colombian President Santos of being behind the assassination attack.

"I hope the Trump administration is willing to fight terrorist groups that commit attacks in peaceful countries in our continent, in this case Venezuela".

Afterward, Maduro gave a defiant speech in which he accused Venezuelan opposition groups, financial backers in Florida, and Colombia's outgoing president, Nobel Peace Prize victor Juan Manuel Santos, of trying to assassinate him.

The United States on Sunday denied any involvement in the alleged "assassination" attempt.

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Images on social media showed officers surrounding Maduro with what appeared to be a black bulletproof shields as they escorted him from the site.

Reverol said one of the detained had an outstanding arrest warrant for his alleged role in the August 2017 attack on a military base in Valencia.

But the National Guardsmen then scattered in panic after a second explosion was heard, the state television broadcast quickly cutting away from that too.

The government pointed the finger at "the ultra-right wing" - its term for the opposition.

Opposition leaders decried Maduro for broadly singling out his political opponents, and they warned he may use it to further suppress his critics.

The incident was later claimed by a group calling itself the "National Movement of Soldiers in Shirts".

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Hundreds of thousands have fled the country due to food and medicine shortages and hyperinflation that the International Monetary Fund says could reach one million percent this year.

Maduro, a 55-year-old Socialist leader who took over from his late mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013, has effectively sidelined the fractured opposition through control of the courts and the electoral body - and undinting support from the military, which holds key posts in his government.

Moscow sided with Maduro's regime after his government faced global isolation when close to 130 people were killed in anti-regime protests past year.

One of the key reasons for the protests was the creation of the Constitutional Assembly, which aimed to short-circuit the National Assembly in which the opposition won a supermajority in 2015 elections.

The Supreme Court declared the National Assembly dissolved.

The United States and other countries have expressed alarm at the loyalist structure propping up Maduro, saying Venezuelan democracy was being undermined.

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