Cyprus police say they have thwarted an attempt on the life of Attorney-General Petros Clerides.

A police official speaking on customary condition of anonymity says three Cypriot suspects now in police custody face a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.

The motives for the alleged murder attempt are unclear.

The official says that police made the arrests after one of the suspects received an arms cache that included an anti-tank missile launcher.

The suspects will appear in a Nicosia court later Monday for a hearing to determine whether they should remain in police custody until investigators are ready to formally charge them.