Monday, October 18, 2010

Lebanese army thwarted assassination attempt on Ahmadinejad?

From JPost:
Lebanese intelligence prevented an assassination attempt on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Lebanon last week, reported Kuwaiti newspaper al-Siyasa as cited by Channel 10 News.

Sources told the newspaper that as Ahmadinejad was making his way to Bint J'beil, an order was received from Lebanese intelligence to stop the Iranian president's convoy and return to Beirut.

The paper reported that Hizbullah was not convinced by the information and insisted on taking responsibility for the safety of Ahmadinejad, but Lebanese President Michel Suleiman intervened, saying Ahmadinejad's safety was the responsibility of the state.
Arabic media add that the Lebanese army saw suspicious activity on the road en route to Bint Jbeil and (I believe) convinced him to take a helicopter to the town instead.