Cop's Suicide Interrupts Sarkozy's Israel Send-Off

Airport incident spurs assassination fears
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 12:33 PM CDT
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is rushed away by security during a departure ceremony for French President Nicolas Sarkozy and wife, both not seen, at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An elite Israeli border policeman shot himself in the head today in the middle of a departure ceremony for Nicolas Sarkozy. Security officers, worried about a possible assassination attempt, rushed Sarkozy and wife Carla Bruni onto their plane, while others spirited away Ehud Olmert and Shimon Peres, who were there to see the French president off.

Said a police spokesman: "This was in no way an assassination attempt."