September 30, 2005

Argentina finds security ‘hoax’ before Bush visit

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Argentine police said
on Friday they discovered a locker at a Buenos Aires bus
station containing old grenades, a copy of the Koran and maps
of an Argentine city where U.S. President George W. Bush will
visit next month.

Officials believe the objects were placed as a hoax by
pranksters who made an anonymous call to police, said Daniel
Rodriguez, chief inspector for Argentina's federal police.

Four dates and a head scarf were also found in the locker,
he said.

"The whole thing was quite absurd," Rodriguez said, adding
the grenades were "useless" and "outdated."

The discovery, only announced on Friday, was made on
September 22, Rodriguez said.

Argentina is readying security for the upcoming Summit of
the Americas, a meeting of regional leaders scheduled for
November 4-5 in Mar del Plata, 250 miles south of Buenos Aires.
Bush and top aides are expected to be among thousands of

Rodriguez said security preparations were proceeding

Argentina was the site of attacks against the Israeli
Embassy in 1992 and a Jewish community center in 1994, which
killed more than 100 people and which Argentina and Israel
blame on Hizbollah guerrillas backed by Iran.

Tehran has repeatedly denied involvement.