Caracas — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was "more determined than ever" after he escaped an "assassination" attempt using an explosive-laden drone as he gave a speech during a Caracas military parade. The government said seven soldiers were wounded in the alleged attack on Saturday, blamed on Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos by Maduro and later claimed by a mysterious rebel group. "I am fine, I am alive, and after this attack I’m more determined than ever to follow the path of the revolution," Maduro said defiantly of the incident, from which he escaped unharmed. "Justice! Maximum punishment! And there will be no forgiveness," he warned in an address to the nation, sparking fears of an anti-opposition offensive in a country already reportedly holding about 248 political prisoners.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Tarek William Saab, who was also at the parade, said those arrested in connection with the incident would be identified on Monday. "There will be a rut...

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