Israel arrests six for links to al-Qaida plot to assassinate President Bush

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Six men have been arrested in Israel over the past two months under suspicion of trying to set up a terror network linked to al-Qaida. Officials say one of them had expressed interest in shooting down President Bush's helicopter earlier this year.

The Shin Bet security service says two men are Arab citizens of Israel and students at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The other four are Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem. They range in age from 21 to 34.

The Shin Bet says one of the students lived in a dormitory overlooking a helicopter landing pad used by Bush during a January visit. Officials claim he filmed helicopters taking off and landing, and sent a message to a Web forum linked to al-Qaida asking about shooting Bush's helicopter down.

The Shin Bet says investigators found bomb-making instructions on several of the suspects' personal computers.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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