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Another Iranian Terrorist Plot

11 July 2012

Another Iranian terrorist plot against Jews appears to have been uncovered. This time, the alleged target was the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation synagogue in Nairobi, Kenya (shown in the below photograph).

 Associated Press and the Times of Israel report:

Two Iranian agents arrested in Kenya with explosives planned on targeting a Nairobi synagogue and the Israeli embassy, a Kenyan detective familiar with the case told The Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday.

“They were driving around Nairobi, they went past the British High Commission, they went past the [Nairobi Hebrew Congregation] synagogue in town, they went to the Israeli embassy,” the detective said.

“It is very clear that they were casing these places, that they were up to no good. From what we saw, their intention was clear to plan and execute terrorism attacks.”

Kenyan security forces arrested Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi in June with 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of explosives. They were charged Monday with possession of explosives “with the intent to commit a felony, namely, acts intended to cause grievous harm.”

Kenyan officials said Monday that the plot appears to fit into a global pattern of attacks or attempted attacks by Iranian agents, mostly against Israeli interests.

One official said the two are members of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, an elite and secretive unit. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were discussing security issues.

This alleged plot adds to other Iranian terrorist activities in recent months, including against staff at a Jewish school in Baku, Azerbaijan; the arrests of three bungling terrorists in Bangkok, Thaliand; and the bombing of an Israeli dilpomat's car in New Delhi, India, and a similar, but failed, attempt in Tbilisi, Georgia.   

Then, there is the dreadful murder of 85 people in the 1994 suicide truck bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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