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Newspaper Says Lebanon Foiled Plot to Kill Hezbollah Chief

Lebanese authorities say they have arrested a Palestinian and eight Lebanese gunmen suspected of planning to assassinate the leader of the Shi'ite Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah.

Lebanon's a-Safir newspaper says the nine suspects are believed to have monitored the movements of Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah for the past nine months.

The newspaper says the planned assassination was set to take place on April 28, when the sheikh was expected to attend a round of national political talks with Lebanese leaders in Beirut.

Authorities are quoted as saying the arrests yielded a large cache of weapons, including anti-tank rockets, hand grenades and assault rifles.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.