An assassination plot against the prime minister Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessa, has been uncovered.
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An assassination plot against the prime minister Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessa, has been uncovered.

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The plot was against the prime minster and three Cabinet members, state media say

Authorities have reportedly arrested suspects linked to the threat

The Caribbean country is battling a rising rate of drug-related murder

(CNN) —  

Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago are beefing up security after uncovering an assassination plot against the prime minister and three Cabinet members, state media reported.

A senior government official told the Caribbean New Media Group, or C News, that suspects linked to the plot have been arrested and that more arrests are expected.

The threat against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the three Cabinet members came from a group that includes international drug and gun traffickers, the same official said. A “radical Islamic group is also involved,” C News reported, without specifying which.

Officials in the Caribbean country declared a state of emergency in August in a bid to curb the islands’ rising rate of drug-related murder.