MOSCOW, June 16 (RIA Novosti) - Palestinian militants
failed in an attempt to assassinate former U.S. president Jimmy
Carter during his visit to the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Israel's
Haaretz newspaper reported.
The paper said that militants with links to al-Qaida
placed two roadside bombs at the Erez Israeli-Gaza crossing.
The bombs were to be detonated as Carter was leaving the
However, according to Haaretz's source, Hamas discovered
and safely disposed of the bombs.
Hamas authorities have denied reports of an attempted
assassination, saying that its forces were conducting routine
activities in the area.
Carter was in Gaza on Tuesday to meet with leaders of the
ruling Hamas movement in an effort to persuade them to
recognize the state of Israel.