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John Paul II's gunman says Iran behind '81 attempt

Published: 02.01.13, 00:58 / Israel News

The Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II has changed his story once again, saying in a new autobiography that Iran's late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini personally told him to kill the pope.


Mehmet Ali Agca, who was released from prison in 2010, claims that he was trained in Iran by Khomeini's forces after escaping from a Turkish prison, and that the Iranian leader himself told him to kill the pope. At first, Agca said he had acted alone, later suggesting Bulgaria and the Soviet Union's KGB were behind the attack, only to retract the claim soon after. (AP)


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