Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has condemned what he called an “armed terrorist attack,” which saw grenades and gunfire launched from a helicopter over the capital’s Supreme Court building.
In an address from the presidential palace, President Maduro said the helicopter had flown over the Supreme Court and also the justice and interior ministries.
Officials quoted by Reuters said four grenades were dropped on the court and 15 shots had been fired at the interior ministry.
No injuries were reported but Mr Maduro said “a social activity” had been taking place at the Supreme Court and the attack could have caused “dozens of deaths”. One of the grenades failed to detonate, he added.
Around the time of the attack, a video appeared on social media in which a police squad pilot, identified as Oscar Perez, called for a rebellion against the Maduro’s “tyranny”.
“We have two choices; be judged tomorrow by our conscience and the people or begin today to free ourselves from this corrupt government,” he said.
Perez read his statement with four people dressed in military fatigues, ski masks and carrying assault rifles standing behind him.