International security forces are working furiously to thwart a plot by
Saudi terror master Osama bin Laden to assassinate President Bush and
other world leaders at a major economic summit next month.
Italian officials say they've been warned by German intelligence
services that bin Laden is secretly financing neo-Nazi skinhead groups
throughout Europe to commit acts of violence during the summit, sources
told The Post.
The attack could also come from the sky in the form of a
bizarre James Bond-style strike by remote-control airplanes packed with
plastic explosives, Germany's largest newspaper reported yesterday.
The planes would fly into the compound where Bush and the
heads of state of major European powers will be meeting at the July 20
G-8 summit in Genoa, Italy, the Bild newspaper reported.
Experts said bin Laden's organization is known to have a lot
of technical expertise and the airplane attack is not necessarily
beyond its capabilities.
Officials at the White House and the U.S. Secret Service,
assigned to presidential protection, said they are aware of reports of
possible threats to the president during the Genoa trip, but declined
Counterterrorism sources told The Post last night the plot was
uncovered after dozens of suspected Islamic militants linked to bin
Laden's Al-Qaeda global terror network were arrested in Frankfurt,
Germany, and Milan, Italy, in April.
Italian police are said to be taking the bin Laden threat very seriously.
Government and other terror experts believe bin Laden has been
looking for an opportunity to launch another terrorist attack at a
high-profile American target - his first since the bombing of the USS
Cole in Yemen last October.
"I have always believed that he would like to try to attack
one of these [G-8] meetings," said Kenneth Katzman, a former CIA
analyst now with the Congressional Research Service.