The ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Authorities in Peru have reportedly arrested a Hezbollah member who was allegedly planning to carry out attacks against Israeli and Jewish targets in the South American country, Channel 2 reported Thursday night.
According to the report, the arrest was made after intelligence information identified targets associated with Israelis and Jews in Peru, including areas popular with Israeli backpackers, the Israeli Embassy in Lima and Jewish community institutions.
Muamad Amadar was identified as the Lebanese national who was arrested after police found that he had explosives in his Lima home, the Peruvian newspaper La Republica
reported Tuesday. The police identified Amadar as a bodybuilder married to a US national.
Mossad intelligence service provided Peruvian intelligence services with information about Amadar, the newspaper reported.
On Wednesday, Peru said police in Lima arrested a man that they suspected of having links to an unnamed "international terrorist organization" and found traces of explosives in the home where he was captured.
Preliminary intelligence operations uncovered evidence of military-grade explosive materials where he was arrested, according to the statement.JTA contributed to this report.