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Date: Aug 5, 2018

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dodged an apparent assassination attempt when drones armed with explosives detonated while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television, officials said.

Caught by surprise mid-speech, Maduro and his wife, Cilia Flores, looked up at the sky and winced Saturday after hearing the sound of an explosion pierce the air.

“This was an attempt to kill me,” he said later in an impassioned retelling of the events. “Today they attempted to assassinate me.”

Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez said the incident took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. as Maduro was celebrating the National Guard’s 81st anniversary. The visibly shaken head of state said he saw a “flying device” that exploded before his eyes. He thought it might be a pyrotechnics display in honor of the event.

 

Read more:  AP

A suicide bomber killed three NATO service members on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, and Taliban militants claimed responsibility.

A NATO Resolute Support mission service member, an American, and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, the mission said in a statement.

“Their sacrifice will endure in both our hearts and history and further strengthen our resolve,” said U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, in the statement.

Local officials said the blast happened in the Khalazai area of Charikar, capital of Parwan province.

Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Parwan provincial governor, said the suicide bomber targeted foreign forces who were on a routine foot patrol.

 

Read more:  Reuters

The mother of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has spoken publicly about her son for the first time, seven years on from his 2011 death.

Alia Ghanem gave an interview to British newspaper the Guardian from the family's home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

She told the publication her son had been a shy and "good child" growing up, but was "brainwashed" at university.

The family say they last saw Bin Laden in 1999, two years before the 9/11 attacks, when he was in Afghanistan.

By that time he was considered a major global terror suspect, after moving to the country initially to fight the invading Soviet forces in the 1980s.

"We were extremely upset. I did not want any of this to happen. Why would he throw it all away like that?" Ms Ghanem told the newspaper, when asked how she felt after learning her son had become a jihadist militant.

 

Read more:  BBC News