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Kenya Reportedly Foils Assassination Attempt on Netanyahu

PM Netanyahu in Kenya, July 5, 2016 (Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO)

As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wraps up his trip to Africa, reports have come out that Kenyan authorities thwarted an assassination attempt while the Israeli premier was in their country. However, The Jerusalem Post reports, Netanyahu and his own security detail had no knowledge of the plot:

An anonymous source told the newspaper that on Tuesday, shortly before the Prime Minister left the local airport on his way to his hotel in Nairobi, the Kenyan authorities informed Netanyahu's security guards that the convoy must change its route...

"At the beginning, the Israelis decried the security arrangements in Kenya. However, after the convoy changed its course and arrived in a safe hotel, it was discovered that Kenyan intelligence exposed a plan to attack vehicles in the original course. Thus, the decision to change the course saved the Israeli delegation," the source told the newspaper.

Following the alleged incident, Kenya's security forces arrested two people suspected of planning an attack against Netanyahu's convoy...

Netanyahu, when told of the report at an Addis Ababa press conference with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, looked genuinely surprised and said that this was the first he heard of it, and did not know anything about the report.

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