Threat to kill Putin during trip to Iran
Russia's security services last night claimed they had uncovered a plot to assassinate President Vladimir Putin during his trip this week to Iran.
Suicide bombers were planning to blow up Mr Putin, Interfax news agency said, citing a source in Russia's security agencies. Terrorists had been trained to kill the president, the source added.
The Kremlin last night confirmed that Mr Putin, who was on his way to Germany to meet chancellor Angela Merkel, had been informed of the alleged plot.
But there were few details. It was not clear why an Iranian terrorist group might target Mr Putin or how Russia's security agencies learned of the plot on the eve of his visit. "We cannot comment on this information but we confirm that the president has been informed," a Kremlin spokesman told the AFP news agency last night.