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    Cuban President Calls Massive Blackout in Venezuela Result of 'Terrorist Attack'

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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said on Saturday that the incident at the Venezuelan Guri hydroelectric power plant that resulted in a major blackout in the country was a "terrorist attack" against the people of Venezuela.

    The blackout swept Venezuela on Thursday, as national electricity supplier Corpoelec reported about a "sabotage" at the Guri plant. Media subsequently reported about power outages in 21 out or 23 Venezuela's states. As of now, power supply is gradually being restored.

    "The electric energy sabotage in Venezuela is a dirty terrorist attack aimed at undermining the Venezuelan people's resistance and to encourage military intervention," Diaz-Canel posted on Twitter.

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro blamed the United States, which supports the opposition in the ongoing Venezuelan crisis and even plans to create a coalition for power transition, for waging an electric energy war against Venezuela. However, Washington denied having a role in the electricity system collapse.

    READ MORE: Cabinet Minister Says Venezuela's Blackout May Be Caused by US Cyberattack

    Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Rodriguez suggested that the United States had carried out a cyberattack on the automatic control system of the power plant. He has also announced that Venezuela would soon submit a complaint over the matter to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

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