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Possible plot to kill Obama foiled; 4 held

world Updated: Aug 27, 2008 01:16 IST
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Four people suspected in a possible plot to shoot Barack Obama at his acceptance speech on Thursday night have been arrested, a Denver TV station reported. <b1>

Authorities were to address a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, but US Attorney Troy Eid downplayed the case, AP said.

“We’re confident there is no credible threat to the candidate,” Eid said. Obama will be in Denver later to accept the Democratic nomination.

Officials arrested three men and a woman last weekend. One of them told KCNC-TV that others involved in the case had made racist remarks about Obama and discussed killing him on the day of the speech.

FBI officials said it’s unclear if shooters could have had a clear path to hit the stage from outside the convention hall.

At least two of the men may have had white supremacist ties, the officials said.