The Latest: Spanish Embassy in Venezuela hit with explosives

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Posted: Aug 03, 2017 6:26 PM
The Latest: Spanish Embassy in Venezuela hit with explosives

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on Venezuela's political crisis over attempts to rewrite the constitution (all times local):

6:00 p.m.

Authorities in Venezuela say the Spanish Embassy in Caracas has been attacked with multiple homemade explosive devices.

Prosecutors report that two individuals on a motorcycle launched the devices described as gasoline bombs at the embassy Thursday.

Authorities have not said whether there are injuries or damage to the building. Police and agents from the prosecutor's office are investigating.

Venezuela has been gripped by months of protests and political upheaval amid President Nicolas Maduro's plans to rewrite the constitution.

A nearly all-powerful assembly charged with that task was elected Sunday and is expected to convene Friday.


3:50 p.m.

Venezuela's chief prosecutor is seeking a court order to block Friday's planned installation of a nearly all-powerful assembly to rewrite the country's constitution.

Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega filed numerous complaints to the Supreme Court contesting the constitutionality of the new body designed by the socialist government. Those came before Sunday's vote to choose delegates — an election boycotted by the opposition and declared invalid by many international bodies.

Thursday's request was filed to a lower court, apparently in an attempt to circumvent the government-stacked Supreme Court. The request is almost certain to be denied.

President Nicolas Maduro says the assembly will hold its first meeting on Friday. Opposition forces say they plan large demonstrations to protest.