April 22, 1996 in Nation/World

Palestinians Uncover Plot To Kill Arafat

Compiled From Wire Services

Palestinian police said Sunday they had uncovered plots by Islamic militants to assassinate PLO chief Yasser Arafat and carry out more suicide bombings in Israel.

The attack on Arafat was to take place during a scheduled visit to a Gaza City cemetery on April 28, said Col. Tawfiq Jaber, head of Palestinian intelligence in southern Gaza.

“Two explosive parcels and two mines were prepared for assassinating Arafat,” Jaber said at a news conference where he presented six of the seven members of the Islamic militant group Hamas who were arrested in connection with the plot.

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