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Agca Accuses KGB of Involvement in Papal Assassination Attempt
from CHALLENGE July 1983
Mehmet Ali Agca, the convicted would-be assassin of Pope John Paul II, declared in public to reporters that the Bulgarian secret police were involved in the assassination attempt and that he had been trained specially by the KGB, Soviet secret police, in international terrorism.
The charge that Communist agencies have been involved in the attempt on the Pope’s life has been made from time to time by important journals and has been the subject of investigation by Italian tribunals.
But early in July, Agca himself made accusations in the presence of reporters while he was being taken to police headquarters in Rome in connection with the abduction of a 15-year-old girl whose kidnappers had demanded Agca’s release.
According to news reports, Agca claimed that Syrian agents had instructed him in terrorist techniques and that he had spent some time in the Soviet Union although he said the Russian government had not taken a direct hand in the assassination. He named as accomplices of his, the Bulgarian airline official, Sergei Antonov and former Bulgarian Embassy officials Todor Ayvazov and Zhelyu Kolev.
The Soviet press said there are absolutely no facts to bear out, directly or indirectly, the socialist countries’ complicity “in this heinous crime”.
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