Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Two Iranians from elite Revolutionary Guard unit arrested in Kenya while 'plotting to attack U.S., Israeli and British targets'

Two Iranians who led authorities to a cache of explosives after their arrest planned to attack Israeli, U.S., British or Saudi targets inside Kenya, officials said on Monday.

The two are believed to be members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, an elite and secretive unit that acts against foreign interests, one of the officials said.

The foiled attack appeared to fit into a global pattern of alleged plots by Iranian agents. Previous plots were uncovered in the U.S. - against Saudi Arabia's ambassador - as well as in Thailand, Azerbaijan and India.
Kenyan security forces arrested the Iranians on June 19 and were then led to 33lbs. of RDX, a powerful explosive that could have been used against multiple targets or concentrated in one large bomb.

If used together, the explosives could have leveled a medium-sized hotel, officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

The two suspects - Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi - appeared in a Kenyan court last week, where Mohammad said he had been interrogated by Israeli agents. Israel's embassy said it had no comment.

In Israel, the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that ‘there are no limits to the Iranian terror.’ Read More