The British Broadcasting Corporation was cited by Arab media, Thursday, as saying that Hizbullah and Iran managed to eliminate a former deputy chief of the Mossad intelligence agency. They identified the man as Zvi Ashkalov, adding that an explosive was attached to his vehicle while he drove in Spain.
The Kuwait newspaper Al Watan said the attack was revenge for what it called Israel's elimination of Hizbullah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyed, about four years ago this week, and the killing of five Iranian nuclear scientists in the last five years. The news appeared in its coverage of the apparent plot against Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Also carrying the story were the Websites of Hizbullah-allied Al-Manar TV and the Lebanese opposition, which acknowledged Israel's denial of the story.