President Nicolás Maduro survived an attack last weekend with drones . During a speech explosives went off that were attached to the drones.
The president remained unharmed, but a number of soldiers were wounded. Other parties first called a gas explosion in an apartment as a cause, but it was soon confirmed that it was drones with explosives.
It is not yet clear who is behind the attack. Maduro spoke of a right-wing conspiracy of neighboring Colombia. The Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs finds this accusation absurd. Meanwhile, six suspects have been arrested.
This indicates how dangerous these new devices may be. It is not difficult to get a drone and they have also become much cheaper. There are rules for drones in the Netherlands. It is forbidden above many areas. Yet these are only rules, and the question is whether this will stop people from using drones in a way that they have in mind. An attack is the other extreme, but they can also fall from the sky, which can lead to dangerous situations.
Dutch security services have been working in recent years to develop systems that can switch off drones. They look at all possible scenarios of the abuse of drones by terrorists. For example, they can hang dangerous loads under a drone, such as bombs, chemical weapons or poison gases. One of the ways to test is the use of birds of prey to pick hostile drones from the air.
The drone can in any case be a dangerous device if it falls into the hands of criminals or terrorists.