Syrian man arrested for planning to assassinate Obama

April 7th, 2009 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Ankara, April 7 (DPA) A Syrian national who allegedly planned to stab US President Barack Obama was arrested in Istanbul Friday, Turkish media reported Tuesday.
The man had attempted to gain press credentials for Obama’s visit claiming he worked for the Al Jazeera. The Ankara correspondent for Al Jazeera said that they had never heard of the man.

Reports said he had confessed to police after his arrest.

Obama arrived in Ankara Sunday night. He flew to Istanbul Monday and left Istanbul for Washington Tuesday afternoon.

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