Spokesman said plotters also planned to bomb a government building, seize a Caracas air base and loot central bank
Venezuelan officials said that they have foiled a plot to overthrow the government that included assassinating President Nicolás Maduro and his closest political allies.
Maduro’s spokesman, Jorge Rodríguez, said on state television that a network of mostly retired police officers and soldiers planned to bomb a key government building, seize a Caracas air base and loot Venezuela’s central bank.
He also said the plotters wanted to edge the opposition leader Juan Guaidó from Venezuela’s political landscape. Guaidó, leader of the opposition-dominated national assembly, is seeking to oust Maduro from power with backing from more than 50 nations.
Rodríguez said the purported network wanted to steal a helicopter to liberate Raúl Baduel, a former defense minister now in jail and install him as president.
The government has claimed various plots over the years, generally offering little or no evidence to back its charges. The opposition contends Maduro uses such claims to justify his crackdown on dissent.
Guaidó dismissed the latest claim as yet another attempt by the government to distract from Venezuela’s real problems.
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