Monday, October 27, 2008


US government agents say they have foiled a plot to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Court records unsealed on Monday quote agents as saying they had disrupted plans by two neo-Nazi skinheads, the Associated Press news agency reports.
The pair also allegedly planned to murder more than 100 black people at a school in the state of Tennessee.
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) brought the case, AP reports.
The two skinheads allegedly planned to rob a gun store and then carry out a killing spree at an unnamed predominantly African-American high school, AP quotes the court records as saying.
Jim Cavanaugh, special agent in charge of the Nashville field office of the ATF, told AP that the two men had planned to shoot 88 black people and decapitate another 14. The numbers 88 and 14 are said to be symbolic in the white supremacist community.
Mr Cavanaugh said the men had sought to go on a national killing spree, with Mr Obama as its final target.
"They said that would be their last, final act - that they would attempt to kill Sen. Obama," Mr Cavanaugh told AP.
"They didn't believe they would be able to do it, but that they would get killed trying."
The Obama campaign had no initial comment on the report.
Mr Obama, who if elected will become the first black US president, is leading Republican rival John McCain in opinion polls ahead of the 4 November election.



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