NAJAF, Iraq, March 17 (UPI) -- Iraqi police captured an alleged terrorist reportedly planning to assassinate Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's highest Shiite religious figure.
Najaf Police Chief Brig. Ghaleb Jazairi Thursday said the suspect is a Sunni Kurd from the northern city of Mosul.
Jazairi said Ramzi Hashem confessed his involvement in the assassination of Shiite cleric and former head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Mohammed Baker al-Hakim, in a car bomb in Najaf more than a year ago.
He said Hashem also planned to assassinate Sistani and bomb the mausoleum of Imam Ali, the Shiite's holiest shrine.
Jazairi said the suspect belonged to a Muslim fundamentalist group and received $2,500 for the car bombing that killed Hakim.