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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin Assassination Plot Uncovered

Several groups of terrorists are planning assassination attempts against President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Iran this week, a "credible" source within the national security services said Sunday, Interfax reported.

The official said security agencies have received information from multiple foreign sources that the groups have already been formed and that they include individuals prepared to die during the assassination.

Interfax did not identify the official or the agency he works for.

A presidential spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports, but said Putin had been informed.

"The head of the state has been briefed on this," she said.

When asked whether Putin's two-day visit to Germany, ending Tuesday, and his Wednesday arrival in Iran remained unchanged, the spokesperson said "so far, the plan is the same," adding that she didn't know whether the trip to Tehran would still go ahead.