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 Nicols Maduro and his closest political allies.
Maduro spokesman Jorge Rodrguez 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 Venezuelas central bank.
He also said the plotters wanted to edge opposition leader Juan Guaid from Venezuelas political landscape. Guaid, leader of the opposition-dominated National Assembly, is seeking to oust Maduro from power with backing from more than 50 nations.
Rodrguez said the purported network wanted to steal a helicopter to liberate Ral 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.
Guaid dismissed the latest claim as yet another attempt by the government to distract from Venezuelas real problems.