Report: Ahmadinejad survived an assassination attempt during Lebanon visit
A Kuwaiti newspaper on Monday claimed that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad survived an assassination attempt during his last week's visit to Lebanon. Following information gathered by the Lebanese intelligence, the Iranian leader changed his accommodation from "Phoenicia Hotel' to'the Iranian embassy in Beirut, the report added.
According to the newspaper, the arrival of the Iranian leader to south Lebanon on Thursday was delayed by more than two hours. The
sources cited by the newspaper said that his convoy began to move toward the south on the Coastal Road but then it was ordered to return amid fears among the top officers of the Lebanese army that the assassins will try to hurt him during the trip. The Iranian president's convoy returned back to the airport in Beirut and an argument developed between Hizbullah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah and head of the army. Nasrallah claimed that the road is secured by his men but the army was not sure about this. At the end the Iranian leader went to the south by helicopter.
For fear of his assassination, Ahmadinejad did not spend the night as planned at Beirut's Phoenicia Hotel but in his country'a embassy in the Lebanese capital. He was secretly rushed early in the morning to the hotel to dine with his guests.
It should be noted that before the visit an unnamed Sunni organization vowed to kill the Iranian president.