(Aljazeera) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro warned on Wednesday that he would be ruthless with the opposition if they attempted a coup detat after his government said it had thwarted a plot to assassinate him. We would be ruthless in a revolutionary counteroffensive against a attempted fascist coup - ruthless! an agitated Maduro said in an address broadcast nationwide on radio and television. Earlier Maduros spokesman Jorge Rodriguez said on state television that a network of mostly retired police officers and soldiers planned to bomb a key government building seize a Caracas airbase and loot Venezuelas central bank. He also said the plotters wanted to edge opposition leader Juan Guaido out of Venezuelas political landscape.