Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela’s government has arrested six people over an alleged assassination attempt on President Nicolas Maduro using explosive-laden drones.

Interior and Justice Minister Nestor Reverol announced the arrests on state television, saying several vehicles were seized and hotel raids carried out in Caracas where important information was collected.

Mr Reverol said the assassination attempt was carried out by two remotely operated drones and each carrying a kilogramme of a plastic explosive.

He said seven soldiers had been injured, with three of them in a critical state.

Reverol said one of the six detainees was already wanted for involvement in a daring raid on a northern military base a year ago, in which rebels made off with a cache of weapons.