Cyprus 'thwarts Hezbollah plot against Israelis or Jews'
16 June 2015
Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides has said that a man arrested last month with a large quantity of bomb-making material was probably a Hizbollah operative planning terrorist attacks against Israelis or Jews.
Cyprus believes it thwarted a Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis or Jews, its foreign minister said on Monday, after bomb-making material was found in a house on Cyprus.
A 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man is in custody related to the discovery of a massive amount of ammonium nitrate in the basement of a home in Larnaca last month.
Earlier this month, Israel said Cyprus had told it that the fertilizer was to be used for bombs by Hezbollah, a Lebanese militia hostile to Israel, and that Israelis or Jews on Cyprus may have been intended targets.
Asked about that account, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said: "Your information you mentioned is correct." Asked whether a Hezbollah bomb plot had indeed been foiled, he said: "Most probably."
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