State television was broadcasting Maduro's speech at the National Guard anniversary live when the incident took place.
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"President Maduro was not injured in the murder attempt", the web site of the radio station quoted the minister as saying.
State television showed Maduro abruptly cutting short a speech and hundreds of soldiers present broke ranks scattered.
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The condition of the seven injured is not known but Mr Rodriguez said they were all being treated at a nearby hospital.
The soldiers lined up in ranks then began running.
Mr Maduro this year brought forward presidential elections that - after they were boycotted by the opposition and key opposition figures were declared ineligible to run - handed him a new six-year term.
Since assuming office in 2013, Mr Maduro's administration has drawn widespread condemnation from a string of nations world-wide for undermining democracy and violating human rights in his country.
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The head of the assembly, Diosdado Cabello, tweeted that Maduro and the assembled military chiefs had survived a "terrorist attack" he blamed on the opposition.
The Associated Press could not independently verify the authenticity of message.
"Today we continue our struggle, because the Bolivarian National Armed Forces function is to guarantee the independence, the sovereignty of the nation, territorial integrity and internal public order", the group said.
Photographs on social media appeared to show bodyguards shielding Maduro with black bulletproof panels.
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The country's economic turmoil compares to Germany's after World War I and Zimbabwe's at the beginning of the last decade, International Monetary Fund officials said, adding that Venezuela's economic contraction ranks among the world's deepest in six decades.