government building in baku, azerbaijan_370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Azerbaijan announced on Wednesday that it has arrested 22 suspects connected to
an alleged Iranian terror plot to attack Israeli targets in the
Twenty-two Azeris were arrested in connection with the
Iranian-led plot to attack the embassies of Israel and the United States in the
capital city of Baku, AFP reported.
Israel has placed all of its
diplomats and delegations on high alert in recent months and particularly since
last month’s Iranian bombing plots discovered in India, Georgia and Thailand. On
Tuesday, the Counter-terrorism Bureau advised Israelis to avoid traveling to
Turkey because of the threat of an impending terrorist attack there as
The announcement of the arrests came a day after Azerbaijani
Defense Minister Safar Abiyev visited Iran to alleviate Tehran’s concerns over
reports that Baku recently signed a $1.6 billion arms deal with
“We will not allow Azerbaijan’s soil to be used against Iran
under any conditions,” Abiyev was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying after
meeting his Iranian counterpart Ahmad Vahidi.
was the second round of arrests made in connection with an Iranian plot to
attack Israel in Azerbaijan. On February 21, Baku announced it had arrested a
number of people with links to Iran and Hezbollah, who were planning to attack
foreigners, though reports did not identify Israeli or US targets.
TV said the suspects had bought weapons and explosives, and had gathered
intelligence on potential targets.
According to reports, one of those
arrested was an member of Iran’s Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guard Corps
division responsible for overseas operations.Jerusalem Post staff
contributed to the report.