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Report: Azerbaijan Terrorists Targeted Israeli Ambassador

The terrorists who were arrested in Azerbaijan were planning an attack against the Israeli Ambassador, say Russian media.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 1/25/2012, 4:16 AM

Azerbaijan Rabbi Shneor Segal with Israeli minister at Chabad school in Baku  
Azerbaijan Rabbi Shneor Segal with Israeli minister at Chabad school in Baku  
Israel news photo courtesy of Chabad

The terrorists who were arrested in Azerbaijan were planning an attack against the Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Michael Lotem, Russian media reported on Tuesday.

The report said that Azerbaijan officials thwarted a terror plot by Iran’s special intelligence units in the capital, Baku.

Earlier on Tuesday, Azerbaijan officials said they uncovered an Iranian-linked Muslim gang that plotted to assassinate Chabad rabbis who teach at the Chabad Jewish school in Baku.

Azerbaijan’s National Security Ministry named one of the gang members as Balagardash Dadashov, an Azerbaijan citizen who lives in the Iranian city of Ardabil. He and two others, Rasim Farail Aliyev and Ali Alihamza Huseynov, were charged with smuggling weapons and explosives into the country.

The National Security Ministry said that Dadashov had contacts with Iranian intelligence agencies and promised Aliyev, his brother-in-law in Ardabil, $150,000 to kill foreigners in Baku “in order to put an end to their public service.”

Earlier this month, authorities in Thailand detained a Lebanese man with suspected links to the Hizbullah terror group. Shortly after the suspected terrorist was arrested, the Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning to Thailand, saying there is a possibility of an attack against Israeli tourists in the capital Bangkok.

The suspect denied any link to terrorism and blamed the Mossad for targeting him.