'Iran, Hezbollah trying to attack Jews abroad'

Counter-terrorism Bureau releases warning in light of information emerging after recent attacks, urges tourists to be alert.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 17, 2012 12:40
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Thai police escort Iranian terror suspect

Thai police escort Iranian terror suspect 390 (R). (photo credit: Chaiwat Subprasom/Reuters)

It appears as though Iran and Hezbollah are currently trying to carry out attacks on Israeli and Jewish targets abroad, Israel's Counter-terrorism Bureau warned Friday.

The Bureau said it drew these conclusions, "in light of the findings emerging from the questioning of detainees," arrested in relation to the recent attacks.

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The Bureau called on Israelis abroad to be alert, to avoid taking suspicious objects from strangers, and to be responsive to local security guidelines. 

The warning followed an earlier report in The Bangkok Post, stating that Thailand had bolstered security at its six international airports after Israeli intelligence warned that the country may be the target for new terror attacks.

According to the report, Thai Police Chief Priewpan Damapong instructed the Transport Ministry on Thursday to put all international airports on high alert and to beef up security at subway stations as well.

On Thursday, two Iranians were charged in a Thai court over an alleged plot earlier this week to target Israeli diplomats. They were caught trying to flee Bangkok on Tuesday after one of the bombs they were assembling accidentally exploded.

Thai security authorities announced on Thursday that they had discovered a “direct connection” linking this week’s attacks against Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India with the Iranian terrorist cell apprehended in Bangkok.

The cell, which consisted of three Iranian nationals, intended to target Israeli diplomats, the Thai police chief said.

Yaakov Katz contributed to this report.


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