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The gun used by Mehmet Ali Ağca in his assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II. Hurriyet Photo

The gun used by Mehmet Ali Ağca in his assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II. Hurriyet Photo

The gun used by Mehmet Ali Ağca in an assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican in 1981 is set to be exhibited in a museum in Poland.

The Holy Father John Paul II Family Home, where the pope was born in 1920, has been converted into a museum and will open its doors to visitors on April 9, 2014. Ağca's gun will be included in the museum's opening exhibition, and will remain on display for three years.

In addition to Ağca's gun, personal items used by Pope John Paul II will be displayed.

Ağca became famous worldwide for his attempted assassination of the pope, but in Turkey he is also known for killing journalist Abdi İpekçi in 1979. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in Italy on March 22,1986,but was released after spending 28 years inside.

March/18/2014

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