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Spain: Student plotted attack on anti-Pope crowd
Spain: Police arrest Mexican suspected of planning gas attack on anti-Pope protesters
By The Associated Press

MADRID (AP) ' Spanish police have arrested a chemistry student suspected of planning a gas attack against protesters opposed to a visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

The pontiff is due to arrive Thursday for a nearly four-day visit, and a protest march is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Madrid.

A police official said the suspect is a Mexican exchange student specializing in organic chemistry. The official did not give his name or age. He was arrested in Madrid Tuesday.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with police rules.

Police say in a statement he planned to attack anti-Pope protesters with "suffocating gases" and other chemicals.

It says he was in Madrid studying at Spain's top government research body, the Spanish National Research Council.

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