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Drone Carrying Explosives Almost Assassinates Venezuela’s President

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Drones armed with explosives detonated near Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Saturday in an apparent assassination attempt that took place while he was delivering a speech to hundreds of soldiers being broadcast live on television.

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This is the first instance (to my knowledge) were a drone purposely built to deliver goods has been weaponized to attack someone. The attack prompted embarrassing images of Venezuela’s President cut off mid-sentence with many soldiers running away in fear, making the President appear vulnerable.

The moral of the story

The moral of this story shows the danger drones can pose. Because drones can be remotely operated, people may just use them to attack unsuspecting victims. The likely move that Venezuela will do is banning drones in the country.

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From this incident in Venezuela, other countries, like Zimbabwe may be prompted to reconsider their stance to drones. The use of drones in Zimbabwe is slowly taking off, with the device being used at many weddings, shooting of music videos and general events like election campaigns. In western countries, drones being tested by Google, DHL, and Amazon to do small packages (pizza)  delivery. In Rwanda, drones are being used by Zipline to deliver medical supplies to remote areas.

Also, Read Drone Regulations In Zimbabwe: 15 Do’s and Dont’s

 


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2 thoughts on “Drone Carrying Explosives Almost Assassinates Venezuela’s President

  1. That is what drones were initially designed for unfortunately.Military use.

    “It was ten years ago this month, on February 4, 2002, that the CIA first used an unmanned Predator drone in a targeted killing. The strike was in Paktia province in Afghanistan, near the city of Khost. The intended target was Osama bin Laden,” – WiKi

    Other uses were then derived and commercialized .

  2. Did car bombs lead to the banning of cars? Banning an attack vector doesn’t help in any case. Do you think a would be attacker would play fair, and not use a drone, because drones are banned? A drone is easy to bring in, especially when it’s been disassembled.

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