`Iran, Hezbollah seeking to attack Israeli targets’
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Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012, 23:13
Jerusalem: Iran and Lebanon's Islamist Hezbollah militants are seeking to attack Israeli targets in several countries, a top counter-terrorism official warned on Friday.

Warning Israeli citizens abroad to be careful of suspicious objects and adhere to the directives of local security agencies, the unnamed official at Israel's Counter-terrorism Bureau said that Iranian and Hizbullah operatives are planning anti-Israel attacks around the world.

Israel has been on high alert in the aftermath of the bomb incidents in India, Thailand and Georgia on Monday and Tuesday that Israeli officials alleged were aimed at diplomats from the Jewish state.

"I call on Israelis abroad to show awareness and take basic steps to reduce possible harm," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity and without giving further details.

He adviced Israeli abroad "take note of suspicious objects and refrain from taking packages from strangers" and "be attentive to the directives of local security forces."

The Israeli security forces are, however, not in possession of any specific information concerning a particular country in which such an attack could take place, the official said citing only a general warning.

He indicated that an investigation of Iranian nationals apprehended following the botched Bangkok bombing earlier this week indicated that more attacks were in the works.

He stressed that the current intelligence points at a clear Iranian involvement in all three of this week's attacks in New Delhi, Tblisi and Bangkok.

Israel has accused Iran and Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people.

Iran has denied Israeli accusations that it was behind attacks on Israeli embassy staff in Georgia and India, saying it was "part of a propaganda war".

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has also made it clear that his Lebanese group had "nothing to do" with the attacks on Israeli diplomats.

Thailand has arrested two Iranians in connection with a series of blasts in Bangkok earlier this week, as Thai police in Bangkok today said they were searching for two more suspects, including an explosives expert, as the criminal inquiry into the suspected Iranian plot targeting Israelis overseas with magnetic bombs expanded.

Thai security forces earlier today stepped up security at the country's international airports and rail system over what local police said is an Israeli warning against new terror attacks.


First Published: Friday, February 17, 2012, 23:13

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