TBILISI, Georgia (AP) _ President Eduard Shevardnadze's security has been increased after his office received reports of new plans to assassinate him, an official said today.

Vakhtang Kutateladze, chief of the presidential guards, told state-run television that additional cars have been added to Shevardnadze's motorcade and more guards than usual deployed along the roads he travels.

He did not elaborate on the reports of a possible new attack against the president.

Shevardnadze has survived two assassination attempts, in August 1995 and on Feb. 9. In the latest attack, up to 20 gunmen showered his motorcade with grenades and automatic gunfire. Two guards were killed, but the president was unharmed.