Lebanon warned about plot to kill pope
May 13, 1997
Web posted at: 2:07 p.m. EDT (1807 GMT)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- The Lebanese government Tuesday
confirmed press reports that it was warned about a plan to
assassinate Pope John Paul II with a rocket attack during his
visit to Beirut last weekend.
"All security and military organs took the necessary measures
to prevent any criminal act from occurring," said a
government statement. The statement followed reports in the
Beirut press that an unidentified group planned to blow up
the Pope's plane with surface-to-air missiles.
Beirut's Interpol bureau was tipped off by Italian Interpol
that a Palestinian group had bought about two dozen rockets,
including some surface-to-air missiles from a Chinese gang,
to carry out the plan, an-Nahar newspaper quoted official
sources as saying.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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